A new program airs Sunday and Tuesday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.
Christopher Rouse is one of America's most prominent composers of orchestral music. His works have won a Pulitzer Prize (for his Trombone Concerto) and a Grammy Award (for Concert de Gaudí), as well as election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
I guess I did become typecast as a orchestral composer. What an awful thing to happen - I don’t mind. I warn my students about being typecast. You don’t want to just become known as a niche composer who only writes band music or who only writes orchestra or organ music or whatnot. But guess I’ve pretty much become an orchestra composer even though I suppose, as you suggest, there are worse things. I would rather be a saddled with the reputation of an orchestra composer rather then almost anything else. - Christopher Rouse
We'll also hear from his teacher Karel Husa, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969, and his late colleague and friend, Steven Stucky, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.
Hear more Sunday night at 10pm on WBAA Classical on 101.3FM and WBAA.org! And again Tuesdays at 8pm right after Exploring Music on WBAA Classical!