Andrew Norman (composer)
Andrew Norman (born October 31, 1979) is an American composer of contemporary classical music.
Norman studied composition at the University of Southern California and Yale University. His music is often characterized by an influence of architecture, of which he has held a lifelong interest. He was composer-in-residence for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project from 2011 to 2013. Among his notable works are the 2004 Gran Turismo for violin octet, the 2010 The Companion Guide to Rome for string trio, the 2013 symphony Play, and the 2015 fantasy for piano and orchestra Split.
His composition The Companion Guide to Rome was a runner-up for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Likewise, Play was suggested by the music writer Will Robin to be "the best orchestral work that the 21st century has seen thus far". A recording of Play by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project was later named one of the best classical music recordings of 2015 by David Allen of The New York Times and was nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
List of compositions
- Light Screens (2002) for flute and string trio
- Farnsworth: Four Portraits of a House (2004) for four clarinets, flute, violin, piano, and percussion
- Gran Turismo (2004) for violin octet
- Garden of Follies (2006) for alto saxophone and piano
- The Companion Guide to Rome (2010) for string trio
- Try (2011) for large chamber ensemble
- Peculiar Strokes (2011-2015) string quartet
- Music in Circles (2012) for flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, viola, and cello
- Frank's House (2015) two pianos and two percussion
- Sacred Geometry (2003) for orchestra
- Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Shatter Splash (2005) for orchestra
- Unstuck (2008) for orchestra
- The Great Swiftness (2010) for chamber orchestra
- Apart (2011) for orchestra
- Play (2013) for orchestra
- Suspend (2014) for solo piano and orchestra
- Split (2015) for solo piano and orchestra
- Switch (2015) for solo percussion and orchestra
- Sabina (2008-9) for violin, viola, or cello
- Lullaby (2007) for mezzo-soprano and piano
- Don't Even Listen (2010)
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- Tommasini, Anthony (December 11, 2015). "Review: Andrew Norman's 'Split,' a Teeming Premiere From the New York Philharmonic". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
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- Sirota, Nadia (August 12, 2014). "Bonus Track: "Sabina" from The Companion Guide to Rome by Andrew Norman". WQXR-FM. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
- Ross, Alex (January 5, 2015). "CD of the Week: Andrew Norman's Play". The Rest is Noise. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
- "The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015". The New York Times. December 10, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
- "2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. December 7, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
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