About the Music

Resurrection-of-Realism_1_About the Music

Finally, because much film music is inspired, as my music has been, by the early 20th century symphonists, it is common for some in the first rail to dismiss any classical music in that style as mere “movie music” after only hearing the first minute, as if to say that its composer “sold out”. Apart from the fact that I think some film music is indeed great and will outlive their own music (wake up, some already has!), there is a fundamental difference between my music and film music that such effete dismissals overlook. Film music is an essentially collaborative art, at the service of what is on the screen. It is  usually cut off after a few minutes by a scene change or dialog, with some notable exceptions. Classical music like mine is not interrupted in that way and is free to advance a long, formal narrative over a longer time. You would hardly get through the introduction to a Sibelius symphony in a film before the music needed to stop or change.

If great film music can be called poetic, as series of shorter musical “poems”, then I think the kind of tonal classical music I’m advocating can be likened more to a novel. There is no need to speculate whether a novel or a poem is “greater”; everyone knows that’s apples and oranges. My music is squarely in the same genre with the early 20th-century, fully-classical symphonists; it is not in the same genre as film music. But I do see a kinship with film music as a kind of cousin, just as poems and novels can be regarded as cousins, and I do not regard comparisons of my music with film music as the put-down it is intended to be by some. I would not mind if some portions of my work were used in a film, as long as the whole, original composition was also available and known to be the source. Writing for a film directly, though, is not something I have seriously aspired to do, thus far. I am happy being a classical composer for the concert hall.

I keep working toward these goals, the latest expression of which can be found in my album called The Sea Knows and especially in my newest work, a symphony, which can be heard by clicking above on the “Symphony No. 2 Demo Videos” link.  (A commercially released album of the symphony is due in 2021.)  Thank you most sincerely for your interest in reading this.
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