M I N N E S O T A P U B L I C R A D I O P R E S E N T S
The public-radio program that asks current composers:
Who are you? - What does your music sound like?
Why does it sound the way it does?
Host John Zech
Much of the music heard on The Composer's Voice can be ordered through Public Radio Music Source.
Composer's Voice is produced by Minnesota Public Radio in cooperation
with the American Composer's
Forum, and distributed by Public Radio International.
He has composed, conducted, published, played, innovated, and originated. He's won a Pulitzer Prize and is now writing his autobiography. Gunther Schuller, born in 1925, will be 75 this year. He's credited with the Ragtime revival in the 1970s, with his New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, and the coining of the term "Third Stream" in the '50s.
Schuller played French horn in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at the same time as he was playing and working with the greatest jazz lights of the era: Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus. He feels that jazz and classical music are equal, and as such, decided to combine the physical and figurative elements of both genres into what he called the Third Stream. In 1994, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral piece Of Reminiscence and Reflections.
MINGUS: Revelations (first movement)
VERDI: Opening storm scene from Otello
SCHULLER: Blue Dawn into White Heat
SCHULLER: Arab Village and Pastorale
SCHULLER: Of Reminiscence and Reflections
PARKER/GILLESPIE, arr. SCHULLER:
Other Sites on the Web
GM Recordings: a music label founded by Gunther Schuller