Song Premiere: Grant-Lee Phillips, 'Cry Cry' « American Songwriter

Song Premiere: Grant-Lee Phillips, 'Cry Cry' « American Songwriter: Photo by Denise Siegel Grant-Lee Phillips has released the first track from his upcoming eighth studio album The Narrows, out March 18, 2016. The song, 'Cr


Cynthia Lee Wong Selected as Second Annual New Voices Composer

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony today announced that New York-based composer Cynthia Lee Wong has been selected as the second annual New Voices composer. A recipient of accolades including three ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and several prizes from The Juilliard School, City University of New York, and Columbia University, Ms. Wong has been recognized by numerous organizations for her artistic accomplishments and creative output. She has studied composition with David Del Tredici, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, David Olan, and Larry Thomas Bell, as well as piano with Tatyana Dudochkin, Frank Levy, and Martin Canin. Ms. Wong is currently on the faculty at CUNY’s Baruch College.


‘Ears of the Future’: Schoenberg’s ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ at 100 - Music - The Boston Globe


Music history is littered with stories of masterpieces condemned at their premieres. But even against this backdrop, Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire,” which turned 100 in March, is legendary for the outrage it provoked — and can provoke still.
“The most ear-splitting combination of tones that ever desecrated the walls of a Berlin concert hall,” complained one critic after attending the premiere. Thirty years later a WNYC broadcast of the first recording so incensed Mayor Fiorello La Guardia that he phoned the head of the station to get it taken off the air.
Recent comments on YouTube performances are decidedly mixed, with many calling it “weird,” “creepy,” and “depressing,” while others are mystified: “Thumbs up if you're listening to this while you're high.”

And yet there is something about “Pierrot” that keeps musicians