American composers are at the forefront of a renaissance in concert music, in the process expanding the very definition of the phrase. The impact of digital technology on the creative process and the unprecedented diversity of contemporary composers are arguably among the catalysts driving the rebirth.
In this series of personal interviews with some of the most prominent composers of art music currently working on the American music scene, composer and educator Robert Raines leads the intimate conversations through subjects ranging from the source of inspiration to work habits, the realities of the business of music, and the impact of technology on music and life in the 21st century. The musicians who participated in these conversations are as different from one another as might be imagined, both in styles of music and approaches to life and art, resulting in a series of stories that offer a kaleidoscopic view of the many paths to creativity, yet a common thread that runs through the interviews is the passionate artistic drive that is shared by all. The inspirational stories of struggles and successes, told in the artists' own words and distinctively framed by their individual personalities - humorous, curmudgeonly, serious, serene, and playful by turns - is a delightful and thought-provoking journey full of personal insights, advice, and sharp observations on composing music in a changing, technology-driven world.
A loving homage to the artistic spirit, this book is a must-read for students of composition, professors or scholars of music, composers or aspiring composers, or anyone interested in the subjective process of writing music or, really, in creative pursuits of any kind. This rich and entertaining collection provides a unique glimpse into the workings of the creative spirit in the digital age.