July 18, birthday of Roger Reynolds

Fascinating guy, this Roger Reynolds (b. 1934). Studied piano, gave it up to become an engineer, became a military policeman, and then went back to school for music. There he met a composer, who whipped him into shape and his career took off. He studied and hung out with Milton Babbit, John Cage, Nadia Boulanger, and Harry Partch. Then he moved overseas for a while and had a fellowship  at the French Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris for 20 years, invented software for solving problems in being able to produce some of his compositions.  The second piece below, Archipelago (1982–83), is one of the pieces he created in collaboration with a software assistant.

Cello Concerto “Thoughts, Places, Dreams…”


Archipelago (1982–83)<P>

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2 Responses to July 18, birthday of Roger Reynolds

  1. Pingback: July 18, birthday of Roger Reynolds — Kurt Nemes’ Classical Music Almanac | I Write The Music

  2. darlamsands says:

    What a wonderful story! I need someone to whip me into shape as a writer. Be well!

    Liked by 1 person

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