UC San Diego's Department of Music

June 19, 2007

  UCSD's Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds explains the intricacies of his creative process in a new section added to the Roger Reynolds Special Collection on the Library of Congress website. More than 100 sound samples and 100 diagrams reveal how he realized the electroacoustic component of the "Transfigured Wind" series. Reynolds devoted hundreds of hours to organizing and submitting his material, with the assistance of the Department of Music's Tom Erbe, Trevor Henthorn, and Joe Kucera. On other fronts, Reynolds is very busy this summer. Several of his compositions were performed at June in Buffalo, including "Sanctuary (I: Chatter/Clatter, and II: Oracle)," Ariadne's Thread" and "The Palace;" by musicians such as UCSD percussionist Steven Schick and red fish blue fish, the Arditti Quartet, Nicholas Isherwood, and Reynolds himself (on "The Image Machine"). His "Angel of Death" was performed in NYC in March, when Reynolds also lectured at Harvard and Columbia. Two important articles related to the composer appeared earlier this year: an interview by UCSD music alumnus David Bithell, now a music professor at North Texas University, in the Spring 2007 issue of Computer Music Journal; and an article commissioned by American Music Journal, "Ideals and Realities: A Composer in America." The completed "Sanctuary" project premieres in November at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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