New York, NY
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Mainstream Classical 1st; Jazz standards 2nd; novelty music 3rd.
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
New York City
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Just another gay composer with HIV and a serious mental illness. I was once a decent, paid musician/organist, etc. Now I'm on disability forever. I think of it as a gov't subsidy for a lost composer. I cannot say that music drove me mad; it was the only sane thing about me. I'm happily ensconced in The Times Square Hotel. I live alone, and I am somewhat reclusive. I stay on my Island of Manhattan most of the time. I share a dog (rat terrier) with two friends in Kew Gardens, Queens. I go to dozens of classical concerts every year, and that keeps keep me humble. The "real" and "accepted" body of mostly dead composers is awesome. I have not seen a real and lasting challenge to them for decades. There is a great deal of talent out there: just no decent work. We may be at the end of the classical-music era. Museum-orchestras are popular, these days. They make attempts to premiere works - but the new music they play is no longer "classical." I think it might be time to accept that being novel is not the king/queen of all virtues. I really do not care "when" it was written: just that is was. I have been to college & conservatory. I studied composition, at times. It was my first major, in 1981. I also studied organ, seriously. My only rule: I believe that I need to be aware of some/most of the rules before I can bend them. Much of writing is trial and error. More of it is having a plan, which is why I stick to accepted forms that can be easily heard, usually. I may not write highly dissonant music today, but I have in the past. I am a fan of the music of Messiaen, and the whole bank of 20th Century French organ composers. peace from Sylvester