The Postclassical Catch-22, Caught in the Act

Canadian composer and guitarist Tim Brady told me about the European music entrepreneur who came up after one of his concerts and said, “I love listening to your music, it makes me feel so happy.” Later the entrepreneur organized a music festival, and explained to Tim why he didn’t include him: “After all, this is a serious music festival.”

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    I had the same thing happen to me, with a composers’ group here in Boston; they left a message on my machine, saying my work wasn’t “Serious” enough (this was so long ago that they may well have meant ‘too tonal’). But they were nice enough to go ahead & cash my check … & list me as a “Non-Composer.” That the first piece of mine to come out on CD is on the microtonal label Pitch makes the whole thing doubly weird.