Composers on Composing for Choir
David N. Childs, René Clausen, Libby Larsen, Morten Lauridsen, Kirke Mechem, James Mulholland, Z. Randall Stroope, André Jerome Thomas, Gwyneth Walker
GIA Publications, 2007 - Music - 251 pages
Each composer addresses the following topics: biography ; creative process ; the relationship between text and music; views from the composer to the conductor ; the relationship between the composer and the commissioning party ; views on the teaching of composition ; influencial individuals ; ten works all choral conductors at all levels should study ; the future of choral music ; comprehensive list of [his/her] works for choir.
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I love the personal approach of this book. It's a series of questions asked to a bunch of the greatest living contemporary choral composers. They all talk about their composing process (my favorite part and main interest), upbringing, how they got started, business aspects, musical and career advice to young composers, and other interesting stuff. The tone is very personal--not a lot of academic mumbo jumbo here. Just people talking, as if you were sitting with them and had asked them the questions yourself. Rich information for anyone interested in composing in general, even if you have no special interest in contemporary choral. I thought it was a fascinating, fun, and easy read.