with Ev Grimes
New York, New York
June 29, 1987
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Side a: pp. 1-11
Early musical experiences- -influence of r. high school teacher- -Elie Siegmeister, first composition teacher- -study with Andrew Thomas at Juilliard- -simplicity- -”first’ piece- -writing to express large ideas- -Vincent Persichetti- -Elliott Carter.
Side b: pp. 11-19
Carter- -David Diamond- -Milton Babbitt and philosophy--Mary Anthony Cox- -criticism of Juilliard harmony, counterpoint, history classes- -First Dream- -String Quartet- -Peter Maxwell Davies- -Medea- -moving from strict serialism to incorporating other techniques- -Two Pieces for Mixed Chorus- -rejection of Two Pieces for Mixed Chorus by publisher- -Variations for String Orchestra- -First_Dream- -reading George Perle- -being comfortable with writing for voice.
Side c: pp. 19-28
Lyric Duo- -search for unity- -time point- -performance of Lyric Duo- -collaboration with dancer in Music for Dance- -writing solo music- -musical language of Sonata for Solo Trombone- -Medea- -harmonic concepts in Medea.
Side d: pp. 28-36
Description of his ‘system”- -models for vocal writing- -Britten- -music expressing multiple ideas simultaneously- -clarity of surface in vocal music- -conducting own works- -organ piece- -trying to find new technique- -writing String Quartet on Orkney Islands- -analysis of String Quartet- -getting a publisher- -reviewers’ use of composer’s program notes for String Quartet.
Side e: pp. 36-45
Passacaglia for band- -writing for less professional performers- -Sonata for Solo Cello- -Golden Wattles, Henry Kissinger Should be So Lucky-occasional pieces- -Concerto for Alto Saxophone, analysis- -premiere by San Francisco Symphony- -Ellington Sonata, commissioned by Bert Turetzky.
Side f: pp. 45-53
Torch Liberty, political piece- -Duo for Piano Trio- -Rockefeller grant to work in Bellagio- -Poplars, from Monet’s painting- -continued study with Persichetti, Carter- -completing DMA- -concerts at Merkin Hall and at U.N.- -working for Aaron Copland.
Side g: pp. 53-59
Sonata for English Horn- -effort toward simpler sounding surface- -complex music to express complex ideas- -Concerto for Six- -Second String Quartet- -simplicity- -”damn the audience”- -moving in direction of full, complex sound- -ideas for Cincinnati commission.