I just finished doing a radio interview at Classical 89 here at BYU. My friend Igor Marques from my 16th century counterpoint class, who works there, invited me to come and talk about “In Paradisum” in connection with a broadcast in late September. I’m thrilled that he remembered my piece from it’s premiere back in February and that they would consider broadcasting it on the radio.
The interview went well. I felt a little more flustered than usual and for some reason had a hard time coming up with good eloquent answers. I don’t know what my problem was. Thank goodness it wasn’t a live broadcast. I did make one flub that I wish I could go back and change: I was asked about composers I look up to and said something like “Byrd, Poulenc, Barber . . .” I totally forgot to say BACH! I’ve been studying the Bach motets for the past month and totally forgot to say anything! I also forgot to say Vaughan Williams, Pärt, Debussy and Palestina. And of course there are many, many other composers that I look up to.
Anyway, I’m really glad to have that opportunity. “In Paradisum” and the interview should air September 28th sometime that day, I think it’ll be at 1 PM and 8 PM, but I’m not sure. I’ll have more solid information later. Make sure you tune in!