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Composer and ArtsATL critic Mark Gresham on the art of writing an original chamber composition

EssaygraphicgreshamATLANTA – I often say I have too many hats and not enough heads. ArtsATL readers primarily know my work as a music journalist and critic, but some also know about my work as a composer. I’ve been given this opportunity to write about the music I create, in particular a composition called “Piano Trio” that will premiere Sunday, performed by the Riverside Chamber Players.

It’s not all that unusual for a composer to also work as a music journalist. The tradition goes back to composers such as Robert Schumann and Hector Berlioz in the 19th century and Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson in the 20th. For a 21st-century example, composer Kyle Gann wrote for The Village Voice until 2005 and continues to author a column, “American Composer,” for the magazine Chamber Music.

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Mark Gresham writes about classical and new music. A composer, conductor and choral performer as well as a journalist, he co-founded the monthly publication Chorus! in 1989 and edited it through 1995; a selection of his interviews from the magazine was published as the book “Choral Conversations.” He has written for NewMusicBox and Where Atlanta, among others, and in 2003 won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music journalism. His website is here.

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