I just received another notification about a composition contest that will only allow entries that have never been premiered. Once again, the powers that be encourage us to perfect our scores such that in their written form they will impress people we don't know, and then discourage us from actually allowing anyone to hear them. I've written before about how irate this makes me. It still does, and it still shows me that the classical music establishment is way, way more about intellectual validation than it is about music. Sound itself is not involved with this contest in any way. In fact, if you win, do they schedule some sort of hearing for the piece? No. They give you money, and the piece remains a silent stack of paper in your closet. Insane.
10 Best of 2014
January: Wyoming and the Open
February: New Mexico and the Holes
Notes on The Accounts