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1995_ISCM - USA SECTION 

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1994-1995 Report from the Boston (USA) Section

The most notable event of 1994 for the Boston section, of course, was our acceptance as an associate member of the ISCM during the World Music Days in Stockholm in October. Two representatives of the section (Kyle Hoepner, chairman, and Barbara Engel, board member) attended the festival and the General Assembly.

The principal impetus behind our affiliation with the ISCM is the wish to represent internationally a wider cross-section of the many contemporary-music communities in the United States, and vice versa. As in Europe, new music in the U.S. has been dominated for some time by a fairly narrow academic orthodoxy, mostly centered in the Northeast. As also seems to be true in Europe, that orthodoxy and its academic milieu are showing signs of breaking down, and are being challenged both within and without by musicians pursuing new directions or unjustly ignored preexisting traditions. Consequently, our focus for the immediate future is to develop a countrywide network for communication and cross-fertilization. This is likely to include, among other things, a traveling score exchange and a national program for matching composers and commissioning opportunities. As a complement to our domestic programs, we also hope to develop closer ties with musicians in other parts of the world, and find ways of acting as liaison to enable more meaningful exchanges in both directions.

Other projects during the past year included the ongoing publication of our semiannual calendar of new-music events, New Music Boston, 6,000 copies of which are printed every September and January to be distributed at schools, libraries, concert halls, and via our mailing list. Of special note was the publication of Extraordinary Measures, a collection of 33 easy-to-intermediate piano pieces by Boston-area composers, which appeared at the beginning of 1995. The debut performance of the collection was given at a special concert by the New England Conservatory Extension Division on January 28, with pieces being played by conservatory students, faculty, League-ISCM, Boston, board members, and some of the composers themselves. ISCM president Michael Finnissy also programmed music from the collection during his travels in the winter and spring. The book will be available for inspection during the Weltmusiktage in Essen, and copies may be had from the League-ISCM, Boston, for US$10 plus shipping costs. Please write or telephone for further information.

Kyle Hoepner, chairman

 

 

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