Mission: Commission

By Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Description

Demystifying the process of how classical music gets made, with three composers as they create vibrant new works of music. Marcos Balter, Courtney Bryan, and Augusta Read Thomas talk about their creative journey, with host Melissa Smey. From Columbia University's Miller Theatre.

Episode Date
5: Your Own Worst Critic
00:21:05

Still in the weeds, the composers grapple with how to shape the piece, and focus on the difficult task of balancing their inner composer with their inner editor.

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May 11, 2021
4: In the Zone
00:33:05

The composers are deep in the zone, sifting through their ideas for the piece, and reflect on where those ideas come from.

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May 04, 2021
3: Roadblocks, Detours, and Dead-Ends
00:36:28

At some point in every creative journey, things slow down - or even fall apart. What that stage feels like, and sounds like for every composer is wildly different.

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Apr 27, 2021
2: The Collaborators
00:34:25

Exploring how collaboration and improvisation are crucial to the creative process.

 

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Apr 20, 2021
1: The Composers
00:36:54

An introduction to our composers: Augusta Read Thomas, Courtney Bryan, and Marcos Balter, as they begin their creative journey to compose a new piece of classical music in 6 weeks for Mission: Commission. 

 

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Apr 13, 2021
Introducing Mission: Commission
00:02:21

How does classical music actually get made? Mission: Commission sets out to answer that question by starting at the very beginning - with the composers who write the music. The podcast follows the creative journey of three world-class composers, Augusta Read Thomas, Courtney Bryan, and Marcos Balter, as they compose new works for the show. Over a period of 6 weeks, listen as the pieces gradually take shape, from idea to final recording, and the composers reveal insights into how they work and think about music. Hosted by Melissa Smey, Artistic Director of Miller Theatre at Columbia University in New York.

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Mar 24, 2021