Meet The Composer: Andrew Norman

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Andrew Norman was a well-feted kid composer, a precocious pre-adolescent who wrote works with grand, filmic gestures for his middle school orchestra and had the local newspapers filling their style sections with profiles invoking Mozart. Then he went to college.

All of a sudden, Norman's musical world exponentially widened; he was exposed to styles and practices so far outside of his previous experience that he stopped composing altogether. How could he write what he had been writing in a world rich with Lachenmanns, Xenakises and Carters, who were manipulating, torquing and stifling sound to create a whole different world of music? Norman almost left music entirely for architecture, but in flirting with this other career, he actually found his way back to composition, ultimately birthing a style that stunningly weds texture and drama in a unique and wonderful way.

Each night from Monday, November 17 to Friday, November 21 on WNYC, hear Meet The Composer at 9pm on 93.9FM.

  • Episode 1: John Luther Adams - Monday, November 17 at 9pm on 93.9FM
  • Episode 2: Andrew Norman - Tuesday, November 18 at 9pm on 93.9FM
  • Episode 3: Donnacha Dennehy - Wednesday, November 19 at 9pm on 93.9FM
  • Episode 4: Caroline Shaw - Thursday, November 20 at 9pm on 93.9FM
  • Episode 5: Marcos Balter - Friday, November 21 at 9pm on 93.9FM

Meet the Composer is a new podcast from Q2 Music that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most innovative, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful music today. The show is hosted by critically-acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota.