Composer Jennifer Higdon has built one of the most diverse and exciting catalogs of music in our time. She has written tone poems, operas, choral works, and band music. But her concerto list is by far the most varied and creative.
There is a set of usual suspects to act as soloists with orchestra: piano, and violin mainly. But by working with artists directly, Higdon’s music fits anyone – even a low brass section – like a piece of tailor-made clothing.
The full episode is above (and on your favorite podcast app). There are also some extras from the interview.
Higdon teaches composition at the famed Curtis Institute. So, she has great advice for what aspiring composers should be listening to.
Being one of the most sought-after composers of your time means that you occasionally have to leave an interesting offer on the table. Hear about the most surprising commission Higdon ever had to turn down.
Classically Speaking is continuing it’s look at the future of classical music with a panel discussion featuring four internationally recognized conductors, Monday August 17 at 9:30AM. Find it on 91Classical’s Facebook page.