Category Archives: New Music

Chamber bonbon or Political Statement?

Jonathan Bellman Last January I put offered a blog about John Williams’s Air and Simple Gifts, an attractive and enjoyable chamber piece played by Yo-Yo Ma and friends for President Obama’s inauguration. This composition (“Air”) and arrangement (of the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts”) has been … Continue reading

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Air/Simple Gifts

Jonathan Bellman A quick couple of observations about John Williams's Air/Simple Gifts piece for Obama's inauguration.  I really enjoyed the piece; the folk tune is unimprovable, and Williams has the kind of command of his craft that means he can execute … Continue reading

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COMMAND—Greenberg Review II

Jonathan Bellman [Part I of my Greenberg Review may be found here.] II The question will always arise: how normal is a talented young’un like Jay Greenberg? I’ve no idea, nor am I completely clear what is so valuable about all … Continue reading

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COMMAND—Greenberg Review I

Jonathan Bellman I Some days ago I promised a response to Jay Greenberg’s Fifth Symphony and String Quintet, the recording of which finally arrived last week.  Full disclosure: I knew absolutely nothing of his work previously, and it cannot be … Continue reading

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