Episode #2

Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman Andrew Norman (Opera Philadelphia)

Andrew Norman was a well-feted kid composer, a precocious pre-adolescent who wrote works with grand, filmic gestures for his middle school orchestra and had the local newspapers filling their style sections with profiles invoking Mozart. Then he went to college.

All of a sudden, Norman's musical world exponentially widened; he was exposed to styles and practices so far outside of his previous experience that he stopped composing altogether. How could he write what he had been writing in a world rich with Lachenmanns, Xenakises and Carters, who were manipulating, torquing and stifling sound to create a whole different world of music? Norman almost left music entirely for architecture, but in flirting with this other career, he actually found his way back to composition, ultimately birthing a style that stunningly weds texture and drama in a unique and wonderful way.


Jennifer Higdon, David Robertson, Gil Rose and Alex Sopp

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Produced by:

Alexander Overington


Thea Chaloner

Andrew Norman: I. The Kid Is Alright

Andrew Norman's teenage years were already filled with composing, but it took a college freak-out and some initially scary interactions with modernism to develop his current voice. Li...

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Andrew Norman: II. A Whole New World (of Timbre)

It's not just the ideas and final products that make Andrew Norman's music enthralling. Extended techniques, such as bowing a viola near the bridge, contribute to his unique timbre. L...


Andrew Norman: III. "Let's do it all."

Play for orchestra is a massive, inspired work. In movement three of Meet the Composer: Andrew Norman, discover the history of Norman's piece and hear how video game-inspired philosop...


Andrew Norman: Playlist

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode two – Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture.

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Jason from Virginia

Nevermind! I'm a dufus. It's right there at the bottom of the page.

Oct. 06 2014 01:29 PM
Jason from Virginia

Which movement is playing at 33:00 in the first part of the podcast?


P.S. (I really like this podcast; it would be helpful to have an annotated tracklist with each episode so curious listeners like me won't have to scrub the timeline to find the name of the music they wish to purchase!)

Oct. 06 2014 12:45 PM
Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Composing + architecture = composure.

Jul. 29 2014 02:49 PM
D. Lucian ILIESIU [R.A.] from New York, NY

According to my perspective, the role of music in human beings' communal life has been not only to offer a mirror of the time when that composition was made, BUT to also GENERATE some sort of AN OASIS from and within it. Andrew Norman's music appears to be much more of an interesting – and rather personal – mirror than anything else.

Jul. 29 2014 02:18 AM

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