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We mourn the passing in recent days of two of America’s finest composers, including Stephen Paulus, who died on October 19 at the age of 65. Here is a tribute from the Minnesota Star Tribune to this versatile and talented composer, particularly well-remembered for his choral and vocal music. A little earlier this month saw the passing of C. Curtis Smith, distinguished composer and pianist and much-loved Professor of Music for 43 years at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, who died on October 10 at the age of 72. Here is a remembrance from the local press as well as a video of Curtis-Smith performing three of his Etudes for Piano.

This past week also saw the passing of Tim Hauser, founder of the Grammy Award-winning vocal group the Manhattan Transfer. Read more on the singer from The New York Times here, and enjoy this wonderful complete live performance by the Manhattan Transfer from 1986.

And some more sad news: Susan Sollins, founder and executive director of the Peabody Award-winning Art21 series, who led Art Prize 2014's $200,000 Juried Grand Prize panel of jurors, died suddenly on Monday, October 13, just three days after the prize was awarded in Grand Rapids on October 10. Here is her obituary from the New York Times and Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk’s article for MLive.

On a slightly lighter note: a nice piece from NPR on Franz Schubert, who, as a 17-year-old in Vienna helped establish the German art song—or lieder—tradition when he set to music Goethe’s "Gretchen am Spinnrade" (“Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel”). The song changed the way composers thought about songwriting, and its “dramatic punch and bold innovations still reverberate today.” Read (and listen) here: After 200 Years, A Schubert Song Still Resonates.

And finally, here is some “Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth.”


“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.” —Pablo Picasso

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