Iconic composers Derek Bermel, Gabriel Kahane, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Augusta Read Thomas talked with 21CM about their creative process, the glorious advantages and limitations of technology, and how being a composer has changed with the times, and remarkably stayed the same.
“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”
Caroline Shaw was virtually unknown as a composer before she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices. Some knew her as a vocalist with the Grammy award-winning Roomful of Teeth, for whom she wrote Partita, others knew her as a violinist, performing with everyone from The Roots on The Tonight Show to the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble.