Joseph Schwantner

Chasing Light . . .

“I live my life through my work. It’s not really about career anything like that. It’s about how you get through the days and having the good fortune and the opportunity to think about the kind of musical issues that really give my life real meaning.”
- Joseph Schwantner

Hear the recording of last weekend’s world premiere of Schwantner’s new work “Chasing Light . . .” Monday, September 29th at 10:00 p.m. (ET) streaming on Nevada’s KUNR. The piece will be played by 58 orchestras in all 50 U.S. states. Schwantner taught at the Eastman School of Music for several decades.


just between you and the notes

"You have this very close relationship with this thing that you’re bringing to musical life. It’s just between you and the notes and the musical ideas and a kind of imaginary (in some cases) ensemble of musicians that are making the music. And it’s a world I love to be in, and you need time for that. You need quiet space for that. You need to be kind of in the zone for that, and it’s very difficult to do that when you all lead busy lives." - American composer Joseph Schwantner


Grammy wrap

Rochester’s Ying Quartet was wise to skip the Grammy awards for a gig in Ohio. The group didn’t win in their category, Best Chamber Music Performance.

Here’s the scoop on Rochester’s classical/jazz nominees:

MARIA SCHNEIDER earned a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for Cerulean Skies from her new CD, Sky Blue. She beat Bela Fleck, Harry Connick, Jr. and Phillip Glass.


From Afar

On the day that Mitt Romney suspended his campaign to win the 2008 U.S. Presidential race, I sat down and listened to From Afar, a fantasy for guitar and orchestra by Joseph Schwantner. I’m starting to understand Schwantner’s musical language, and I’m beginning to like it, too.


Cracking the Joseph Schwantner Code

I’ve been trying to cozy up to Joseph Schwantner’s music in preparation for an hour-long, national special I’m producing about the composer. But it’s been harder than I expected, and recent blogs I’ve read about approaching classical music from the outside give me new sympathy for those who can’t drum up much enthusiasm for it.

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