Sunday, May 21, 2006

Up Front

Composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz is booking a year of commissions online in a project called "We are all Mozart". Whether you want a 30-second solo or an evening-length opera (or anything
in-between), he can schedule your commission into his working calendar for 2007. AFAIK, this is the most audacious and ambitious action of its kind since Pauline Oliveros was selling "cheap commissions". Báthory-Kitsz says that the project is designed to "to create new works and change the perception of the music of our time". While I share the target of completing at least one small work every day, just to keep composerly chops in practice, sucessful completion of a whole year of commissioned work will constitute a remarkable performance in its own right.

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