Tim Page is professor of music and journalism at the University of Southern California, and the author or editor of more than twenty books. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music for the Washington Post.
It is now just a year since the death of the composer Elliott Carter and his absence still seems a little unreal.
The collapse of the New York City Opera last month was many things, but it could hardly be called unexpected. Indeed, that the company had kept going for seventy years was more than a little amazing.