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Arts Journal profiles faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis

November 4, 2010

Mind the Gap at Arts Journal talked to composer Christopher Theofanidis, a professor of composition at the School of Music and the artistic director of the New Music New Haven concert series.

Molly Sheridan writes, “Christopher Theofanidis talked about letting go of his concern for solid ground in his creative process, opening up his musical language, and how he almost gave up his music study to go to business school.”

She quotes Theofanidis on the use of storyline in his music: “I think it comes actually from a general humanistic way of thinking: the transformation of emotions; how you care about something. If it’s a melody or person or whatever it happens to be, it happens over time in a way that makes you care about them more, or hopefully deepens your understanding of them. And that’s where the storytelling thing comes into play for me. It’s something to hang the flow of time on that makes sense. It creates meaning and depth for me.”

Read the post and watch the video HERE.

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