Julius Eastman Profiled, Releases Coming

Source: New York Amsterdam News.

In last week’s classroom, we featured the relatively unknown composer and pianist Florence Price. Equally unknown, except to the real cognoscenti of classical music, is Julius Eastman. Once you hear any of Eastman’s music—and he was a prolific composer, penning a trove of minimalist pieces that were often sustained by a seemingly endless repetition—you will find it unforgettable. A recent announcement that the classical music publishing house G. Schirmer will be restoring, reconstructing, publishing and promoting Eastman’s music—much of it rediscovered after having been considered lost—will no doubt bring him out of obscurity.