Author Archives: Michael

New Was (Not Was) Compilation: Pick of the Litter 1980-2010

The amazing, beyond-category band Was (Not Was) has a terrific new compilation out that covers their entire 30-year recording career: from the first single “Wheel Me Out” to their latest album Boo! How can one CD cover a 30 year … Continue reading

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From Freischütz to Resurrection

Our run of Der Freischütz at West Bay Opera concluded on Sunday. The innovative direction by Yuval Sharon had its fans and its detractors, but the singing was pretty well universally praised. As a member of the chorus, I was … Continue reading

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Three Grammys for the SFS Mahler 8

Back in September, I blogged that the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 was “one for the ages”, just as the concert performances were the preceding year. Tonight, that recording won three Grammy Awards: Best Classical Album … Continue reading

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Coming Up: An American "Der Freischütz"

Yesterday was our first staging rehearsal for West Bay Opera‘s upcoming production of Der Freischütz. I was already excited about getting the opportunity to perform this German masterwork that is rarely done in the USA. The cast is fabulous, full … Continue reading

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Digital Editing Between Experiment and Standardization

In December 2007, I participated in a conference on “Digital Editing Between Experiment and Standardization” in Paderborn, Germany. The conference focused on issues involving digital critical editions for both music and text, and was attended by many scholars and music … Continue reading

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"MusicXML in Commercial Applications" Now Online

My 2006 paper on “MusicXML in Commercial Applications“, published in Music Analysis East and West, is now available online. This gives a scholarly summary of MusicXML practice in the music industry as of four years ago. It is interesting to … Continue reading

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Manhattan Big Band Heaven

Thanksgiving week was a slice of contemporary big band heaven in Manhattan. On Wednesday night, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society performed two sets at Iridium. These photos are from the first set: It’s interesting how you can go your whole … Continue reading

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Dolet 5.1 Updates Now Available

Recordare now has version 5.1 maintenance updates available for both the Dolet 5 for Finale and Dolet 5 for Sibelius plug-ins. The Dolet 5.1 for Finale update was just released today, and includes a dozen new features and fixes compared … Continue reading

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