American Composers Forum

Music Features
5:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

My Memories of Composer Stephen Paulus

Stephen Paulus

It has to be 30 years ago now; I was sitting in a cafe with composers Jennifer Higdon, Rob Maggio, Sylvia Glickman, and a fellow in town from Minnesota, who was advising us on a composer organization start-up. He was already well-known in composer circles as the one who, with Libby Larsen, began in Minnesota what became the largest composer service organization in the world, the American Composers Forum. 

His name was Stephen Paulus. He died at age 65 on Sunday, October 19th. He had suffered a debilitating stroke on July 4th, 2013, saddening musicians and audiences everywhere. Now we mourn.

At that table, his enthusiasm and positive energy were contagious, but I remember most of all his kindness. His music reflects that, too. A few months ago I programmed a short work, his Prelude No. 3 for piano, on WRTI's contemporary American music program Now Is the Time. "Sprightly" is Paulus's subtitle, and it encapsulates what I always hear in his music—be it choral, orchestral, operatic. From his more than 500 works, what I always hear is simplicity (even with complicated materials) and melodic openness.

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Creatively Speaking
1:11 pm
Sat July 7, 2007

The American Composers Forum--Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture--Non-Profit Theater--Gershwin To Gillespie

Jim Jordan, Philadelphia chapter president of the American Composers Forum. 

Jason Peifer examines the nuances of funding non-profit theater. 

Hazami Sayed, the founder and president of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Susan Lewis visits Gershwin To Gillespie Portraits in American Music at the Michener Museum's New Hope.

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