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The Art of Composing: Chamber Music

A section from a Michael Parsons manuscript

 

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Winners of the 2015 Chamber Music Composition Competition will be given world premieres as part of the Wednesdays at One series on April 20.

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Saad Haddad

Saad HaddadI’ve always wanted to be a composer even before learning to play an instrument. When I was 7, my second grade teacher had our class write one-page biographies on important figures. One month was writers, so I did Steinbeck. Another month was a scientist, so I did Einstein. During the music month, I picked up a picture book about Mozart and it said that he composed his first piece at 5 years old, and I kind of had a moment of panic since I was already two years behind! I begged for piano lessons so I ould learn to read the notes and I haven’t stopped composing since. (Photo by Michael Lenahan)

 

 

Michael Dean Parsons

Michael Dean ParsonsUnbound for string quartet is a reflection of not only my upbringing as a concert music composer, but also my work for film, TV, and other media. As I passionately pursue both paths, I find myself freely drawing upon the many styles that these genres encompass to express what I feel is my most genuine artistic voice. While my music has consistent surface level stylistic traits, the true common thread is a commitment to musical instinct. I try not to be too self-analytical, and I believe that years of training and study have informed my intuition in a way that allows me to make quality music by simply following my ear. I find that this approach—composing not as a craftsman but as a listener—keeps my music open to a variety of influences and fosters a creative process rooted in discovery and exploration. (Photo by Joey Lavarias)

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