Music For Writers: Benjamin Hochman, Translator — And ‘A Bit Of A Shaman, Too’

‘At The Piano…Even Dreams’ The very first notes of the album arrive like an abrupt, sonic question mark: “What can we do with this little perplexed phrase?” The burly Scottish composer Oliver Knussen certainly knew what to do with his exquisitely moody 1989 Variations on just six notes. And happily, it’s Israeli-born pianist Benjamin Hochman at the… Read More

Music For Writers: Martin Bresnick And The Terrible Beauty Of Sorrow

‘We Will Always Sing Such Songs Of Longing’ Each time I visited, my grandmother wept bitterly about the murder of her parents, her brother, her two sisters, and all their children. Can a child comfort a grandmother, a grandfather? I became a witness, a musician, and a composer. Martin Bresnick is a native New Yorker.… Read More