Composer

Talk to nearly any classical music critic about heroes of the trade and one name usually comes up: Virgil Thomson. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times advises: "Every practicing and aspiring critic today should read Thomson's exhilarating writings."

 

In 1930, The Philadelphia Orchestra gave a successful U.S. premiere of the 10th symphony of a revered Russian composer—Nikolai Miaskovsky—sometimes called "The Father of the Soviet Symphony." As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work and the composer, both little known in America in today, are being championed by one of today's leading conductors.

On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday September 10th, 5 to 6 pm. Last month we left the Hungarian conductor Anton Seidl in late 19th-century New York City, where he led, at one time or another, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Not too long after, the Spanish composer and pianist Enrique Granados was there, basking in a successful premiere at that same Met. The year was 1916—100 years ago.

Jason Bourne is back, though it might seem like he never went away. The character created by best-selling author Robert Ludlum has populated 12 novels, a made-for-TV movie, and now five big-screen adventures. In four of the five Bourne features, the music underlying the action has been the work of British composer John Powell.

John Williams, so famous for his award-winning film scores including Jaws, Star Wars, and Schindler’s List, wrote a violin concerto that transcends the personal story behind it. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

Twentieth-century German composer Kurt Weill’s popular music for theater eventually overshadowed his orchestral and classical work. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on his second symphony, and why it was not heard for decades.


Outer space is silent, and that may be one reason why a lot of movies about space have iconic scores — in addition to helping advance the the plot, the music in films like Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey must fill a literal void.

Composer Steve Mackey

Jun 9, 2012

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Princeton-based contemporary composer Steve Mackey.

Contemporary Composer Sergio Cervetti

Feb 20, 2010

Join Jill for a fascinating interview with Sergio Cervetti - a highly accomplished composer and teacher who enlightens the ear with diversified sounds that are beautiful and invigorating. Cervetti's compositions include electronic and instrumental scores for orchestra, opera, chamber ensemble, voice, dance and film. RadioIndy.com describes Cervetti's 2009 release, Visual Diary/The Mouth of Boredom as "...interlaced with Alternative, Electronic, Contemporary and New Age Classical creations...The visions and artistic musical conceptions in the CD are inspiring and expertly written.