PostClassic Blog Archive

Essays from Kyle Gann's blog PostClassic

Loving, Hating Carter, Boulez - September 3, 2003
Censorship by Word Count - September 5, 2003
Charles Rosen's Sins of American Omission - October 21, 2003
Almost Too Beautiful - October 26, 2003
Practice! Practice! Practice! - November 26, 2003
I, Academic Composer - July 13, 2004
Speak for Yourself - October 10, 2004
Peeping Over the Genre Fences - October 14, 2004
A New Year's Reflection - December 31, 2004
Downtown Music and its Misrepresentations - March 8, 2005
Once More into the 12-Tone Breach - March 20, 2005
Escaping from Classical Music - March 26, 2005
Criticism, Composers, and Objectivity - March 28, 2005
Suppression of Downtown Composers - April 20, 2005
Roll Me a Cigarette, Partner, I'm a Postminimalist - April 25, 2005
Fetishism for the Literal - September 28, 2005
The (Too) Tolerant Generation - October 1, 2005
Rules of the Word Game - January 4, 2006
Creativity and Chronology, Rethought - January 9, 2006
A Short History of My Subjectivity - April 1, 2006
Music Theory: Case for the Prosecution - July 4, 2006
Why I Am a Postminimalist - January 25, 2007
The Unapproachable Sacredness of Pop - March 29, 2007
The New-Music Narrative, Interrupted - April 25, 2007
They Come in Pairs, Too - May 21, 2007
Totalistically Tenney - May 30, 2007
A Truly Loopy Idea - June 23, 2007
Diversity of Taste Is for Losers - August 10, 2007
Hero of the Subjective - September 23, 2007
Pretending to Be a Stumblebum - October 3, 2007
In Dispraise of Efficiency - January 29, 2008
The Art of the Nonsequitur - February 1, 2008
Sounding the Solar System - April 20, 2008
Spot On, but a Little Late - July 21, 2008
The Complexity Issue - July 23, 2008
Bleak Inheritance - October 6, 2008
The Idiot's Guide to PostClassic - December 6, 2008
My Ives Keynote Address - February 2, 2009
The Symphonic Temperament - February 24, 2009
So I'm Neo-Riemannian: Who Knew? - March 6, 2009
All Stick, No Carrot - April 2, 2009
What Composers Talk About - April 21, 2009
The Art of Humiliating Dead Composers - May 27, 2009
Some Composers Are Not Islands - July 11, 2009
Confessions of a Closet Midtowner - July 26, 2009
Style and Idea - August 1, 2009
The Epistemology of Elitism - August 6, 2009
Boulez on Music 22 Years Ago - February 28, 2010
Success Is Just Another Form of Failure - June 17, 2010
How to Care How It Was Made - June 21, 2010
Critical Obsession - August 29, 2010
The Role of the Idea - November 27, 2010
Resisting the Narrative - December 24, 2010
Gambling Tips for Performers - January 3, 2011
Language-Spinners and Image-Cutters - January 6, 2011
The Blind Alleys of Criticism - November 28, 2011
Literature as a Mirror - July 14, 2012
The Line between A and B - July 21, 2012
Pas Mon Ami Pierrot - July 27, 2012
Strange Times: William Duckworth (1943-2012) - September 13, 2012
Ives, Caught Between Two Caricatures - May 10, 2013
What Writing Has Taught Me about Composition - May 27, 2013
Opus Triple-Digit - August 29, 2013
Passionate Dinosaur in a Laidback World - September 2, 2013
Confessions of an Old Fart Academic - September 7, 2013
The End of Music History - September 8, 2013
The World Turned Upside Down - November 16, 2013
Where One Looks for It, Evidence Will Be Found - March 10, 2014
Ives the Primitive as Straw Man - July 17, 2014
The Composer as Cripple - July 22, 2014
Things Composers Can Do - January 14, 2015
New Horizons in Microtonal Neoclassicism - January 21, 2015
The Perennial Fiction of Nature - December 31, 2015

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