Discordant Abomination

Ignatius chewed with a blissful savagery, studying the scar on the man’s nose and listening to his whistling. “Do I hear a strain from Scarlatti?” Ignatius asked finally. “I thought I was whistling ‘Turkey in the Straw.’” “I had hoped that you might be familiar with Scarlatti’s work. He was the last of the musicians,” […]

Stay on Target

I want to share a few quick thoughts about Julius Eastman, one of my favorite composers. Eastman was a gifted pianist and vocalist who wrote ecstatic music with often incendiary titles like Gay Guerilla and Evil Nigger (he was both African American and openly gay). As a vocalist, he was renowned for his 1973 recording of Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for […]