Anthony Tommasini has created a neat video for the New York Times website in which he explains Schoenberg's twelve-tone method and where it came from.... New-music ensemble name changes: the Columbia Sinfonietta is now the Manhattan Sinfonietta, The Abstraction is now Build. Both have events coming up: the Sinfonietta plays Wolfgang Rihm's imposing Jagden und Formen at Miller on Oct. 18; Build (aka Matt McBane) is at Cornelia St. Café with NOW Ensemble on Oct. 22.... Composer, violinist, and Ne(x)tworks director Cornelius Dufallo has started a blog.... A bow of the head in honor of Margaret "Maggie" Carson, the irrepressible grande dame of classical-music publicists, who died on Thursday at the magnificent age of ninety-six. She represented such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas, and, as I learned from Bernard Holland's obituary, somehow worked for Theodore Dreiser and Ezra Pound. Here's a reminiscence by Howard Kissel.
Update: A fond tribute to Maggie Carson by Craig Urquhart in Musical America.