Anna’s Three x Three
Part of the composers you should know series.
Chihara, Wallen, Garrop
Every year I listen to hundreds of new compositions by living composers, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO! It is my sincere hope you will enjoy listening to these compositions, share them with your friends and colleagues, and ultimately program them. Here we go!
One of my favorite new concerto works. Paul brings in elements of his vast amazing lifetime into this concerto - film, Japanese culture, dance, beautiful melody with just the perfect amount of quirkiness and cinematic flair. Paul, one of the coolest people I have ever met, writes great music for every genre. If you have not checked out his music recently - you must!! He is one of the great composers of this century.
Crazy fabulous string piece!! This particular video shows off the fabulous musicians of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. A composition for a motivated group of chamber musicians. Energy propels the listener through the 1st movement and does not let go. Rich chords, textures and movement guided from the bass line keeps the listener attached and focused. The last movement finishes with a dynamic and energetic groove.
Stacy has a flare for getting the exact right musical flavor from her interpretations of mythology. Her entire Mythology Suite is amazing (written for both Symphony and Wind Ensemble). For today, focusing on this terrific movement, Garrop has a way to move the listener from lighthearted and whimsical to serious and quite scary within moments. You can almost feel the color in the room go from light to dark. Fabulous!!! When I think of programming music for effect, Stacy is one to turn to.
To find out more about these composers and compositions as well as other historically underrepresented composers, check out Anna’s Composer Database. It is a great place to find excellent music for a well-rounded and diverse concert program.