Music I Am #33 – Thomas L. Read, composer

The moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician:

When I heard Fritz (not Gustav) Mahler conduct Beethoven’s Seventh.

An important skill for a career in music that does not have anything to do with an instrument or making music:

An interest in developing entrepreneurial ability.

Two ways you stay motivated:

Playing and listening to other’s music.

Latest Project:

Writing a book: “Practicum Preparatory to Post-Tonal Composition”
Release date TBA

What inspired it:

The possibility of developing a foundation technique for composing music in an age where

post-tonality and extended tonality exist side by side. The usual composition texts proceed with style study, and PC set theory with comparatively little or superficial attention to post-tonal rhythm. How time is made manifest seems more basic to different musical styles than selected pitch class combinations.

Who’s on it:

Beside myself– former students, venerable published texts.

How do you discover new music?

Paying attention to new scores, recordings and concert life here and abroad.

One living and one dead musician that deserves more attention:

Living: Carter Pann
Dead: Johann Pisendel

Where can we find you online?

Zimbel Records
Navona records
American Composers Alliance

* Editor’s Note: Thomas L. Read has written multiple works for Aaron Larget-Caplan, including two New Lullabies for his New Lullaby Project, the quintet ‘Capricci‘ for guitar & strings, a cello & guitar duo ‘Concert Champêtre‘, and a duo for viola & guitar ‘Traverllers Frolic’ (to be premiered). The editor is a longtime fan of Read’s music and believes wholeheartedly that you will be too if you listen.

Rocket Shop, November 2015, Photos by James Lockridge









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