The purpose of this site
This is a collection of brief analytic essays on modern, postmodern, avant-garde, and experimental solo piano music.
There is a lack of serious criticism of recent and contemporary “classical” music. There are many reviews of CDs and performances, but very little analysis of individual pieces. (One reason for this is that the few reviewers usually don’t have scores when they hear the music.) Among the few exceptions are occasional essays in scholarly journals such as Perspectives of New Music. As a result, criticism of contemporary experimental music lags far behind criticism in the visual arts or in fiction and poetry.
The notion here is to behave, in relation to contemporary “experimental” “classical” music, the same way a critic would behave in relation to visual art or writing: that is, to pay attention to the work’s historical context and its detailed form, without relying on generalities.
I include notes on playing the pieces whenever possible—whenever I have played them—and I don’t write about music unless I have the score. I have about 1,000 scores and 1,800 more as pdfs. (Sorry, I no longer trade scores: I try to support publishers by buying originals.)
All comments are welcome.