Are you an avid classical music listener enchanted but a little baffled by how a composer does it? How is a composer able to hear and write down music for so many different instruments without knowing how to play them all? This course will unravel the mystery of the art of composing pieces for symphony orchestra by listeningto recordings and examining the music. Students will learn how the conductor’s score serves as an architectural blueprint of sound. An elementary knowledge of musical notation is helpful for course participants but not essential.
MARK N. GRANT won a special 2006 Friedheim Award for his orchestral cantata, The Rose of Tralee. He is the author of two ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning books, Maestros of the Pen: A History of Classical Music in America and The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical. A pianist and organist, Grant is also Vice-President of The International Percy Grainger Society in White Plains and author of many articles and program notes for the Kurt Weill Foundation. He has been a frequent annotator and musical journalist for Opera (UK), NewMusicBox, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and other publications. His music appears on Albany Records.