Monday, March 9, 2015

"New York City's Last Classical Sheet Music Shop Closes Its Doors After Eight Decades"

The caption above is also the title of Lauren Gambino's article, which appeared in The Guardian on 6 March 2015.  I never used that shop, although I certainly remember buying music at Patelson's as late as the 1980s.

A single paragraph probably tells the story:  << Frank Music has struggled in the internet age, as more musicians turn to Amazon or other online sellers that sell scores for less than their brick-and-mortar counterparts charge. It has also had to compete with free downloads, found on websites such as IMSLP, a virtual music library that allows users to download scores at no cost. >>  I suppose I must adjust my expectations from the recent publications -- and I hope my second oboe sonata will make Op. 8! -- accordingly.

The article can be accessed here:

Personal Updates

I have been accepted as a member of Vox Saeculorum, through which I have met a number of marvelous neo-baroque composers -- some of whom write music from a time even earlier than mine! I can mention Gianluca Bersanetti, who channels Scarlatti, Miguel Robaina, a French clavecinist who also writes beautiful (Germanic) trio sonatas, and Grant Colburn, an English virginalist, among others.  It is an honor to call these people my colleagues.

I am also a member of the Delian Society, which is dedicated to tonal music (not necessarily baroque).

My latest venture is a completion of Contrapunctus 14 from The Art of Fugue.  I am following the model of Indra Hughes, whose brilliant dissertation has opened my eyes to many ideas about the work, and who has kindly offered me criticism on my first draft.