Author Archives: Gail Wein

I Am A Composer

Even as I was signing up for the American Composers Orchestra’s “Compose Yourself” classes last year, I wasn’t sure it was because I wanted to compose; but I hear a lot of new music and sometimes write about it, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to get inside the composer’s head, to understand more of the process and therefore have more insight into the music.

Native American Composers

As a group, Native Americans who write music churn out work in genres from classical to hip-hop, and those in the classical business write in styles from neo-romantic to electro-acoustic and pretty much everything in between.

Obituary: Chris Patton

“Good art is difficult, time consuming, and risky,” Chris Patton noted in his profile on the American Composers Forum website. Patton, 57, passed away peacefully last week after a sudden illness at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C….