Author Archives: Michael Djupstrom

Blogging the 2011 ACO Composer Readings: Not a Fish on the Cutting Board

While their backgrounds were varied—from Tanglewood to Hollywood—our mentor composers, in examining each of our pieces during today’s “aesthetics and form” feedback session, came to the same conclusions far more often than not (possibly evidence of clever planning, but more likely of the fact that they all really know what they’re talking about).

Blogging the 2011 ACO Composer Readings: Before & After

Those traps and pitfalls I was wondering about last night just didn’t happen. My piece is pretty clear and direct, but I still was a little surprised by how easily they managed it—not only to play all the notes, but also to grasp the musical and dramatic purpose behind them.