Kyle Gann

Academic Speaks Truth

This: I have to start out with Schoenberg, and for me, to start with Schoenberg already puts everything on the wrong track. (If this offends you, read further at your own risk, because it’s only downhill from here.) The assumption of Schoenberg’s importance, given the continuing unpopularity of his music, is founded on the further(…)


This post from Kyle Gann. He puts into different words, and thus a useful perspective, some of the aspects of contemporary music that I have issues with. The technical detail, especially this: I keep hearing new operas that, to my ears, all keep making the same mistake. Namely: it sounds like the composer writes the(…)