A to Z: P is for P. Q. Phan

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0 Today is day 16 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).

Today’s composer is P. Q. Phan (b. 1962).

Phan’s story is kind of extraordinary. Born in Vietnam in 1962, while studying architecture in 1978, he got interested in music and taught himself to play piano, compose, and orchestration. He emigrated to the US in 1982, where he continued his studies eventually earning his Phd and he now teaches composition at my alma mater, Indiana University.

Rock Blood by P. Q. Phan

The composer’s Wikipedia page P. Q. Phan

I also just found this performance of Phan’s Tragedy at the Opera performed by the Kronos Quartet. Worth a listen.


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Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

4 Responses to A to Z: P is for P. Q. Phan

  1. kvennarad says:

    Unless I have a glitch here, you appear to have posted the same piece twice.


  2. kvennarad says:

    The replaced track is very pentatonic – its basic idea anyway I like it.

    Liked by 1 person

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