A Composer's Adventures

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colgrassbook‘PULITZER PRIZE MUSIC’ REVIEWS ADVENTURES here

“In his autobiography Michael Colgrass: Adventures of an American Composer, the Pulitzer Prize winner tells his story through a series of personal anecdotes that read like an extended jazz riff. You may have no idea where he’s going with it, but you can’t help but nod your head in time to his irresistible beat.” read more

 

John GrayCMC ARCHIVIST JOHN GRAY INTERVIEWS ME ABOUT ‘ADVENTURES’ here

“You’ve just put out a new book. I just read this, and I’m quite happy to say that not only have I found great pleasure in it, but Gunther Schuller’s found pleasure in it, Leonard Slatkin — look at all of these names that you have in the pages.” So begins my enjoyable interview with John Gray. listen here

 

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JOHN TERAUDS’ KIND WORDS IN ‘GIVING THANKS FOR CULTURE’ here

“For me, Thanksgiving is about appreciating the gifts that keep on giving, like the apple orchards near Castleton or the soybean fields of southwestern Ontario. I’ve added Toronto composer Michael Colgrass to my mental scrapbook of special gifts this year.” read more (scroll down)

 

Wasbe CoverREVIEW IN WASBE WORLD MAGAZINE here

“Michael Colgrass’ autobiography is not your traditional self-serving tome, praising the author’s achievements and laying the blame for mishaps on others. Rather, it is an engaging collection of 89 vignettes describing mostly amusing episodes in the composer’s life.” read more

 

Charles SeposINTERVIEW ON ‘CURTAIN CALL’ WITH CHARLES SEPOS

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On KRCB radio in California, Michael tells why he wrote an autobiography of anecdotes (“it’s life with the boring parts cut out”) and recounts stories from the book. The interview with Charles Sepos includes an excerpt from Michael’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Deja vu.”

 

Fanfare CoverROBERT MARKOW’S REVIEW IN FANFARE MAGAZINE here

“Michael Colgrass holds the unique distinction among prominent classical composers in North America as the only one whose music is well known equally on both sides of the Canadian-American border. His career has divided neatly into two nearly equal halves…” read more

 

Percussive NotesREVIEW IN PERCUSSIVE NOTES here

“This 221-page autobiography of a gifted percussionist and composer is an excellent addition to Michael Colgrass’ already-distinguished Pulitzer Prizewinning career. His unique writing style reflects his perspective of ‘Dreamer-Realist-Critic’ and provides three logical divisions for his life…” read more

 

LaScenaArticlePic3REVIEW IN LA SCENA MUSICALE here

“Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Colgrass is best known as a composer. However, the man has worn many hats, and the eighty-nine short anecdotes of his new autobiography Michael Colgrass: Adventures of an American Composer chronicle everything from his conception…” read more

 

LaScenaLetterPic3MY CORRESPONDENCE WITH STUDENTS IN LA SCENA MUSICALE here

“I receive many letters from children. Here are two letters from teenagers at Laurel Valley High School in New Florence, Pennsylvania, who were encouraged by their high school band director, Jim Colonna, to write to a composer.” read more

 

WhNoteTHE WHOLE NOTE REVIEWS ‘ADVENTURES’ here

“Toronto-based composer Michael Colgrass is a natural storyteller—and he has some terrific stories to tell. So the unusual format of this memoir, a series of vignettes ranging in length from a single page to four pages, works  well here.” read more

 

ColgrassTorontoStarJOHN TERAUDS REVIEWS ‘ADVENTURES’ IN THE TORONTO STAR here

“The teen seduced by the siren call of Chicago jazz clubs in the 1940s would never have dreamed he would be playing in the orchestra pit for the original run of West Side Story only a decade later. Soon the budding composer would land commissions…” read more

 

TeraudsTOStarJOHN TERAUDS BLOGS ABOUT ‘ADVENTURES’ here

“Theorists are common, but people with practical wisdom are rare and valuable. Composer Michael Colgrass is one of those special people. His memoir, Michael Colgrass: Adventures of an American Composer, published today by Meredith Music… is filled with life lessons big and small.” read more

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  1. I joyfully remember hearing “Earth’s a Baked Apple” at Symphony Hall in Chicago in my youth. I was wondering if there is an available recording. I can find a score, but really do not want to try and imagine it. I am a musician, but the grand score, and playing the piano beyond the basics are not my thing. I can read it, but I’d rather hear it.

    Besides the experience of going to O.H., this is one of the pieces that really sticks out in my mind. We weren’t supposed to like orchestral music, it wasn’t cool, but I did. Thanks. It was an experience that helped me develop into a well rounded listener, and eventually, a professional musician.

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