Music: Composer on Wheels

"All of a sudden," says Composer William Sydeman, "the stuff has just exploded." The stuff is Composer Sydeman's music, and it has indeed been exploding in the ears of modern music buffs—15 Sydeman premieres in the past two years. Last week Manhattan's Orchestra of America, under Conductor Richard Korn, gave the premiere performance of Sydeman's 14-minute Orchestral Abstractions —the first of five new Sydeman works to be played in January alone.

At 33. Composer Sydeman is understandably pleased by the attention, but he points out that it is the result of "writing music very seriously for ten years." His works have become...

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