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A New Review of Time and Again

October 22, 2022|

American composer Bruce Babcock’s Time and Again, a piano sonata in four movements, was composed during the COVID year 2020 for pianist Anna Kislitsyna, and is included on her 2022 Navona Records release, Piano Spectrums: New Works for Piano.  In four movements, Disquietude, Tarantism, Resolve, and Post-Haste, Babcock’s sonata traces, [...]

Alternative Facts for Organ

September 26, 2022|

Alternative Facts for Organ was composed for my long-time friend and colleague James Walker. Originally written for piano, A.F. was composed as a reaction to the 2016 presidential campaign, election, and subsequent inauguration of the previous president, and has only become more relevant. A.F. is discombobulating, confounding, frenetic, all of the [...]

Alternative Facts for Organ

September 8, 2022|

Arriving September 23 - James Walker performs Alternative Facts for Organ on a new album from Navona. Alternative Facts for Organ (2021) Alternative Facts was originally composed for Piano Solo (2019) in reaction to the 2016 presidential campaign, election, and subsequent inauguration of the 45th president. Ever since he announced [...]

Piano Spectrums with Anna Kislitsyna

July 27, 2022|

Ten contemporary composers share their works on PIANO SPECTRUMS, a profoundly emotive selection of aesthetic contemporary pieces performed by Anna Kislitsyna. Today, Bruce is our featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our composers and performers. Read on to learn about his compositional [...]

Remembering Hugo Friedhofer

May 3, 2022|

Remembering Hugo on the 121st anniversary of his birth, May 3, 2022 - By Bruce Babcock One must be of a certain age to remember Hugo Friedhofer, but not to know his music. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study privately with Hugo for two years [...]

Happy Birthday, Alfred Newman!

March 20, 2022|

I entered the business too late to have known Al personally, but I certainly felt his influence. My mentors, Earle Hagen and Hugo Friedhofer, both knew and admired Al. Earle was hired by Al at age 27 to work on staff at 20th. Hugo was also on the staff at [...]

Desmond Tutu 1931-2021

December 27, 2021|

All Unto Me “And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32.  "All Unto Me” is a tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, a longtime friend of All Saints Church, Pasadena, and was composed to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the church. [...]