the composer essay project

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Music on Main’s Composer Essay Project celebrates the ideas and thinking of composers from around the world.

Bruxist Quarterly

By Nicole Lizée     Nicole Lizée. October 2018. Montréal, Canada. Music on Main’s Composer Essay Project is supported by the SOCAN Foundation. Read more at Download a PDF version of this essay.   +


By Eve Egoyan   I am an artist whose medium is the piano. The piano is at the centre of my creative universe. I am inspired by it and continually re-invent my relationship with the piano through the exploration of +

Motherhood and the Creative Process (According to Five Canadian Composers)

By Vivian Fung   Ever since becoming a mother to my rambunctious, now three-year-old son, I have frequently been asked, by men and women alike, how motherhood has changed my life as a composer.  I have wanted to write an +

Mind the Glitch: Nicole Lizée’s Etudes

By Susanna Eastburn, MBE   I first met Nicole Lizée, and encountered her music, at the 2014 ISCM World Music Days in Wrocław, Poland. We had a slightly silly conversation outside a bar about her home province of Saskatchewan, which +

Sketching Maps:

Deciphering Canada’s New Music Scene By Zosha Di Castri I. IMPETUS & METHOD   When Music on Main’s Composer in Residence Nicole Lizée approached me on the occasion of the ISCM World New Music Days 2017 to give some insight +

Caroline Shaw, musician.

By Christopher Mayo Notation is odd.   Musical notation is so ubiquitous that it’s easy to ignore just how odd it is. Not so much the constantly evolving lexicon of actual dots and lines and arcs and squiggles on the +

Looking Back at Orpheus

The Orpheus Project Jocelyn Morlock interviews David Pay August 22, 2014   Jocelyn Morlock:  How was The Orpheus Project born? David Pay: I was in Holland in 2011 and I went to a lot of shows at Holland Festival that +

Nikolai Korndorf: his music and aesthetics

By Jocelyn Morlock I first encountered Nikolai Korndorf’s (1947-2001) music in the listening room of the University of British Columbia’s Music Library in 1999, when a fellow student handed me a disc from Sony Classical called A New Heaven, and +
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