Living Composers

Portrait of Phillip Glass Philip Glass (1937-  ) Glass composes in a style know as “minimalism.” Glass himself doesn't like that term and prefers to speak of himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures". Most of his music is performed by a group he founded in 1967 - the Philip Glass Ensemble – seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer. Lately, he has composed music for more popular media - his music is featured in the movie "The Truman Show" and the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV".

the following link is an mp3 fileMetamorphosis One
the following link is an mp3 file Einstein on the Beach - Mr. Bojangles

 

picture of Philip Glass ensemble

John Rutter (1945 - )  picture of Rutteris an English composer, choral conductor, editor, arranger and record producer. He was a choir boy at  Clare College, Cambridge, and then became the director in 1975. In 1981 he founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works), particularly under his own label, Collegium Records. He is known primarily as a choral music composer, writing most of his music for churches and sacred concerts. Two of his most famous large works are his Requiem and Gloria. He has also written or arranged over 100 Christmas songs, and is quite popular in the United States.

 

the following link is an mp3 file Rutter - Gloria
the following link is an mp3 file Rutter - Open Thou Mine Eyes
the following link is an mp3 file Rutter - Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind

 

 

 

picture of Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948 - ) is an English composer of musical theater.As a child, he could not bear noises made by others. At the age of three, when brought to his first day of pre-school at a school where his mother worked, he covered his ears when other children produced sounds with musical instruments. While still in college he began collaborating with Tim Rice (who wrote lyrics) on musicals. Their first popular piece was " Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Two years later they produced the musical "Jesus Christ, Superstar". During the 1970's and 80's Webber wrote several theatrical hits: Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera. In 1985 Webber composed a 'classical' music piece: Requiem. A duet from that composition (Pie Jesu) was on the Top 10 of popular music in Britain for a time.

the following link is an mp3 file Webber - Requiem, Pie Jesu
the following link is an mp3 file Weber - Jesus Christ Superstar, Finale
the following link is an mp3 file Weber - Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night

 

 

 

 

John Williamspicture of Williams (1932 - ) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in Hollywood history, including Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter,the Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List, and Jurassic Park. In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and the inauguration of Barack Obama. His career started as a jazz pianist, and became a studio musician in Los Angeles. He soon started writing music for television, including the pilot for Gilligan's Island and Lost in Space. In 1974 Steven Spielberg asked Williams to compose music for his first movie (that wasn't very successful) and his next movie: Jaws. Williams won an academy award and was introduced to George Lucas, who needed someone to score his new movie, Star Wars. Williams has scored most of the movies produced by these directors over the years. In 1980 he became the director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has become a sought after conductor throughout the world.

the following link is an mp3 file Williams - Star Wars Main Theme
the following link is an mp3 file Williams - Jurasic Park, Main Theme
the following link is an mp3 file Willams - Olympic Theme