The Malaysian Music Journal presents two articles on musicology, one on composition and three on music education in Volume 6, Number 1. The first article, written by Kyle Fyr, compares the signature works of three Western composers – Cage, Reich and Adams. The article examines the significance of age 40 with creative achievement by comparing the career arc of these three composers and examining the common threads that led to their landmark achievements. In the fourth article, Adil Johan analyses Zubir Said’s music accompaniment to a famous film, Dang Anom, produced during the turbulent 1950s in Singapore. Zubir’s music embodies the paradox of the need to highlight ‘traditional’ Malay music in order to fortify a Malay identity while embracing the then cosmopolitanism lifestyle of the Malays, largely influenced by the British.