Alan R. Cohen © 2005 Page: 1 of 36
Introduction - “Meet Scat McDuff”
The Fluorescent Saxophone is a friendly place. One always enjoys a good beer, foodand lively conversation. I know, I’m a regular. My name is Scat McDuff.“Another Sam Adams?”“Yes.” I replied.I’m a writer for
Apple Bluffs Today
, a regional magazine that discusses politics, arts andlifestyles. I’m here at my “alternative office” to interview Elysse Fergussen, a classicalmusic composer.
The Interview - “A Pretty Girl is Like a Twelve-Tone Row”
“Scat McDuff?”“Yes.”“I’m Elysse Fergussen.”“Nice to meet you.”It was very nice to meet her. Elysse was a beautiful lady in every way possible. Beautifullong chestnut-colored hair, and chocolate chip eyes. And to be somewhat politically cor-rect - all the punctuation marks in the right places.“Would you like something to drink?” I asked her.“Cappuccino.”The waitress came by.“Cappuccino and another Sam Adams”.“You write classical music in an age of rap, rock and hip hop? Does classical musicmatter?”“Yes it does. Classical music provides a forum for a variety of instruments. These in-clude oboes, trumpets, violas, harpsichords and many others. Classical music providesa variety of recipes for different musical formats for example, sonatas, concertos, quar-tets, symphonies and so on.