Earle Brown | Available Recollections: Generosity

Trailing Vortices (1986) for chamber orchestra (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation when Earle Brown was director)

In the mid-’80s, Earle was director of the Fromm Music Foundation. He had seen my music at BMI and awarded me a commission and a premiere at the Aspen Music Festival. This commission, Trailing Vortices, led to several Gaudeamus performances in Europe with Ernest Bour and the incomparable VARA radio orchestra (now called the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic) and later on an ASCAP award. Earle was incredibly giving and helped move my career forward; the timing could not have been better. Years later, I have heard from so many other composers and musicians about his generosity and support. I was lucky to have made this connection.

Originally published in: “Earle Brown: From Motets to Mathematics” Contemporary Music Review, Volume 26, Issue 3 & 4 June 2007 , pages 371 – 375

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