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Classical music in West Virginia and Beyond

Other Voices: Composer - Performer Discussion

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · August 31, 2011
Lindsey Goodman
Lindsey Goodman
Flutist Lindsey Goodman commissions and plays new music – you can read about her passion for bringing new music into the world in her recent guest post The Call to Commission


Grant Cooper is the conductor and artistic director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He is also a composer. Before Goodman commissioned him to write a solo flute work, he had focused on writing music for his instrument – the orchestra.

Maestro Grant Cooper
Grant Cooper

Goodman commissioned Cooper to write a work for solo flute, and he responded with the work Other Voices. (listen here)

That description makes it all sound much simpler than it was. It took an involved collaborative process to take this music from the initial idea (a piece for solo flute) to a completed two-movement work that expresses the working of the human mind through musical transformations. 

This spring, Cooper and Goodman came into the studio to discuss the creation of Other Voices, and their approach to the collaboration between composers and performers. Listen to the conversation below:

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Discussion/interview with Grant Cooper and Lindsey Goodman

You can hear Goodman’s performance of Other Voices by Grant Cooper here on Goodman’s website, in a recording from a Charleston Chamber Music Society concert that was part of FestivALL Charleston in June, 2010.

 

Oboes on the Ohio: William Baker interview

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · August 1, 2011

You may have noticed an unusual musical event on this month's classical calendar -- Oboes on the Ohio. It's a celebration of all things double-reed (while oboes are in the name, bassoon and English horn are definitely welcome). The festival is for students, teachers, performers, and anyone interested in the instruments.

The one-day festival on the Ohio River will include performances, lectures, workshops, classes, vendors, demonstrations, and chamber music readings. Quartetto Gelato's athletic oboist Colin Maier is one of the featured performers.

William Baker

The oboe player at the heart of the festival is William Baker, whose many accomplishments include 16 years as the principal oboist of the Columbus Symphony, being a founding member of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and teaching for many years as oboe professor at Ohio State University. He also has a wonderfully wry of talking about the oboe. Take a few minutes to listen to our interview about the festival and some of his other experiences in music:
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Interview with oboist William P. Baker

Klaus Heymann of Naxos (Interview)

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · July 26, 2011


Recognize this logo?


Naxos Logo


If so, you’re familiar with Klaus Heymann’s work. Even if you haven't seen the logo, you hear some of the results of his work nearly any day you tune to West Virginia Public Radio.
18th Century Overtures
A familiar sight in many classical music collections

Heymann is founder and president of Naxos, one of the few major companies producing and distributing classical recordings. It’s not by CD sales alone that Naxos exists – they also run the streaming Naxos Music Library, license music to film and TV, and distribute a whole bunch of labels.


I've already read several interesting interviews with Heymann, so I was a bit unsure as to what new things I could ask him. I’m also not really a business expert (Unless borrowing one of my dad’s business magazines to read about Spotify counts? Probably not...)


We did find plenty of things to discuss, including the music that has influenced him, different trends in classical music recording industry, and how radio still impacts classical music sales. On a sort of strange whim, I also asked him for his advice for the newspaper industry (one of his first jobs was for a newspaper).

Listen to our interview below (streaming or download): 

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Interview with Klaus Heymann, founder and president of Naxos


Listening back to the interview, it caught my ear that he discussed several things in terms of  “placing bets." We don't know the future, but people are trying a lot of interesting things. Some of the small bets that he mentioned include digital books with embedded music and classical music apps.

It was a good discussion, but I still feel that I missed asking something crucial that I still haven't figured out.

What questions would you ask a classical music executive if you got a chance to chat with one?

Researching Arvo Pärt

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · May 20, 2011

Dr. Marguerite Bostonia discovered Arvo Pärt’s music when she was preparing to do research for her doctorate at West Virginia University. She found one of his organ works on the shelf, and was intrigued by this composer whose music she knew nothing about. Through her research, she learned and heard quite a lot about Pärt and music.

She’s now written several papers about Pärt’s music, and she’s traveled to conferences to present them, including one where she met the composer.

Next week, she travels to Canterbury, England to present her paper “Bells and beyond: How tintinnabuli reflect meaning and iconic structures”at the Baltic Music and Musicologies Conference, at which Arvo Pärt will the guest composer in residence.

Dr. Bostonia and I spoke this week about her research and the appeal of Arvo Pärt’s music. You can hear our full conversation here:

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Dr. Marguerite Bostonia tslks about Arvo Pärt


When she returns, we hope to catch up and share some of her stories and pictures from the conference.

Previous Classically Speaking posts about Arvo Pärt:

 * Arvo Pärt Playlist (Happy 75!)

Arvo Pärt Portrait: Angèle Dubeau interview

 

More about Dr. Marguerite Bostonia:

Marguerite Bostonia, D.M.A, has devoted a lifetime to church music as an organist, organ teacher, conductor, soloist, and accompanist. As a founding member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, she has coordinated various introductory sessions to pipe organ in the community. One of these classes is “Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza” offered both privately and in the Community Arts Program, to help people of all ages learn about the “King of Instruments.”

She has also assisted in renovations of church pipe organs. Her experience with tower bell renovations was incorporated into her recent dissertation about the tintinnabuli style of contemporary composer Arvo Pärt. A native West Virginian, Marguerite received performance degrees in piano and organ from West Liberty State College and West Virginia University, and was the final candidate to receive a doctorate in organ under Dr. William Haller. As a member of Tre Claviers, Marguerite is part of a keyboard trio that has presented choral and solo programs in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan using organ, piano, and harpsichord. She currently is on the keyboard and theory faculty of West Virginia Wesleyan College where she also accompanies opera workshop.

 

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