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April 27, 2005

Creating New Music

Everyone has an opinion on new music. At Saint Paul Sunday, we believe that, like any evolving art form, it’s critical that we continue to listen to, program, and yes, even commission music of our time. Classical music is not static. Every performance of a beloved Mozart quartet is different in some ways than the one before. And the performance of a work that has only lived in this world for a short time allows us to participate in the creative process and hear older music in new ways.

So all of this is prelude to our hopes for commissioning some new work during our 25th anniversary. We’ve seen a number of commissioning partnerships “forced” on artists…with the result that a work sits in a drawer after one or two performances. So we like to start with the artist and work with them on choosing a composer who interests them. It’s almost as much work for the musician to learn a new piece as it is for the composer to write it!

Vaughn and I have been working with several artists on identifying their composers of choice to commission. We’re just waiting for a few more pieces to fall in place and we can tell you more about it…. and report in occasionally on how its going. In the meantime, tell us who your favorite living composers are!

Posted by Mary Lee at April 27, 2005 1:44 PM



I'd love to see what you can do with Kenji Bunch! (Of course, I was in youth philharmonic with him & knew him as a pee-wee violist, so it's fun to see how successful he's been...)

By ES at May 2, 2005 3:01 PM


ES: We had Kenji Bunch's wonderful "Slow Dance" played by the Ahn Trio, who also know him. (You can listen to it by linking to

and scrolling down to their broadcast.)

By Vaughn Ormseth at May 2, 2005 4:52 PM


i realize i am bias ,but my favorite composers are all those who have written duos and trios for my daughter and son in law-Duo46. .
Suggest you check them out by visiting the Commissions section of matt and beth's website.

By bob schneider at November 23, 2005 7:00 PM