Did Darwin believe in life after love?

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Sara Haefeli is a professor of music history, theory & composition at Ithaca College.

Over here at The Avid Listener, Haefeli auditions the idea of a Darwinian effect in music — that is, that music and musical ideas evolve over time. Haefeli explores a couple notions — one, that music could have an “ultimate goal;” and two, that great tunes are merely mile-markers as our favorite artists march inexorably towards some final musical perfection.

That’s a lot to take on. Continue reading Did Darwin believe in life after love?

Classical Dark Arts on ‘Word of Mouth’

Last week I joined Virginia Prescott on the New Hampshire Public Radio show Word of Mouth. It wasn’t confrontational or headline-grabbing like Frost-Nixon. We didn’t go pillar-to-post like a classic, hour-long Flair-versus-Steamboat matchup. But we did cover good ground on what orchestras, classical musicians and casual fans can do to re-energize the music.

The whole thing is 13 minutes. Feel free to hit the above link and stir it up in the comments.

The Crisp Moneymaker Effect (TM)

Every year here in beautiful Boston, Mass., the Berklee College of Music releases a guide to music industry careers. It’s about as complete a survey as I’ve seen. Here’s a more or less representative list of positions and corresponding yearly hauls in 2012.

Music librarian: Starting salary $40k
Video game sound designer: $40k – $120k
Music journalist: $15k – $30k
Record producer: $25k (good luck) – $1M (P. Diddy)
Concert promoter: $0 to $1M (most are on the low end, no?)
Piano tuner: $100 – $185 per piano tuned
Commercial jingle composer: $100 – $8k+ per jingle
Church choir director: $5k – $70k
Orchestral musician: $28k – $143k Continue reading The Crisp Moneymaker Effect (TM)

The Super 8: A cheat sheet

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These are the eight pieces featured on the latest CDA podcast, The Super 8.

1. Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat major

2. Richard Strauss, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

3. J.S. Bach, Double Violin Concerto

4. Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5

5. Ludwig van Beethoven, Choral Fantasy in C minor

6. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

7. Johan Halvorsen, Passacaglia

8. Johannes Brahms, A German Requiem Continue reading The Super 8: A cheat sheet

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