Monday, January 01, 2007

RIP Daniel Pinkham

Last month's death of composer Daniel Pinkham was noted by Cleveland area composer and blogger Jeffrey Quick.

"I never liked Pinkham's music as much as I would like to. It often seemed to me that his pitch choice was a bit sloppy for his expressive ends, as if he were deliberately avoiding the most effective choice because it was a traditional choice," writes Quick, who himself writes church music. "But he was an inspiration to all of us who believe that liturgical music is not dead, and that new music doesn't have to be an act of penance. And he definitely died with his boots on, with a premiere less than a day pre-mortem."

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