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Composers on Composing for Choir


Anyone who has ever wanted to delve into the minds of leading composers for choir will be enlightened by the commentary of leading choral voices in Composers on Composing for Choir. Learn how Libby Larsen views the changing role of the twenty-first-century composer and how she sees the performance art evolving in years to come. Uncover René Clausen’s approach to selecting poetic texts for his pieces. Read John Rutter’s commentary on singing as an “expression of our deepest selves” and why he thinks amateur music making is so important.

In addition, master composers David N. Childs, Morten Lauridsen, Kirke Mechem, James Mulholland, Z. Randall Stroope, André Thomas, and Gwyneth Walker share their insights on writing for choir.

The composers, in turn, discuss their backgrounds, views of the creative process, and the relationship between text and music; they give advice on performing their works, approaching commissions, and mentoring young composers. They list individuals who influenced their development and careers and ten choral works all conductors should study. The renowned composers then conclude with thoughts on the future of choral music and supply a comprehensive list of their works for choir.

The insights in Composers on Composing for Choir will help any choral professional bring more thoughtful interpretations and more musically sensitive performances to some of the best choral literature.

Conductors, performers, and composers will find valuable reference materials for their development and a treasure trove of inspiration to carry over into any choral endeavor.

Edited by Tom Wine

Tom Wine is Professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Music at Wichita State University. He earned a PhD at Florida State University, a master of music education at Duquesne University, and a bachelor of science at Alderson-Broaddus College. He is former instructor of music education at the University of Alabama and at Tallahassee Community College and was Director of Choral Activities at Spartanburg High School in South Carolina.

He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator of district and state choral festivals and a presenter for both state and national music education conferences. His articles have appeared in the Choral Journal, Contributions to Music Education, and Kansas Music Review. He has been a contributor to the Strategies for Teaching series and the Music Makes the Difference text published by MENC. Wine is past president of the Kansas Choral Directors Association. He directs the Chancel Choir at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Contributing Composers

David N. Childs, René Clausen, Libby Larsen, Morten Lauridsen, Kirke Mechem, James Mulholland, John Rutter, Z. Randall, Stroope, André Thomas, Gwyneth Walker.

Edition # Title
G-7110 Composers on Composing for Choir