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date: 17 May 2021

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  • Michael Weaver


(b St. Louis, MO, Jan 3, 1972). American composer and pianist . He attended the Eastman School of Music (BM 1994, DMA 1999) and Yale University (MM 1996). He taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1999 to 2005, joining the composition faculty at Peabody Institute in 2006.

Puts writes in an accessible idiom using a variety of techniques and styles from various periods, including quotation, minimalism, polytonality, modernism, and world music, as well as other styles, musical elements, and gestures. He typically writes using a combination of styles, always seeking how to best advance his narrative. Inspiring Beethoven and Credo include quotation. And Legions Will Rise, a trio for clarinet, violin, and marimba, periodically displays minimalist technique. Credo includes polytonality and Symphony no.4 ‘From Mission San Juan’ contains music in the style of the Mutsun Indians.

While his music takes advantage of the lyrical and technical capabilities of the instruments for which he writes, his primary goal is to write music that satisfies, creating music that is engaging on various levels, not mundane or overly predictable. His works share some common attributes, such as sections of slow harmonic rhythm over which solo melodies soar and expand. Also common, but not always present, is a connection with the visual and the unfolding of a story over the length of the piece, usually with a message of hope. (...

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