Music

Drawn from Music: Art Exhibition Opens Window into Composers' Creative Process

Map of Form by University Professor Augusta Read Thomas; Image courtesy of UChicago Arts

For composers, drawing a “map” of music can give shape to a new work and articulate its overarching ideas. As evocations of the composer’s intentions—from sweeping curves to stars, birds and brightly-colored dots—such maps capture the ebbs and flows within a musical piece and complement musical scores, serving as guides for performers.

MAPS OF FORM, a new exhibition at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, presents a collection of these musical illustrations as works of art in their own right. Drawn by UChicago faculty and graduate composition students, the maps vary from abstract representations of operatic arias in numbers and letters to contemporary works illustrated with chariots and drawings of hanging mobiles.

Composition by Music PhD Student Receives International Recognition

Francisco Castillo Trigueros’ dissertation composition, Sur les debris for bass flute and electronics, was nominated for the Gaudeamus Music Prize. More than 60 composers under the age of 30 entered the international competition, and Trigueros is one of the five shortlisted composers. The winner will be announced in September 2014 as part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek in the Netherlands.

Philip V. Bohlman Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Philip V. Bohlman, the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music, received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Bohlman plans to use the fellowship to work on a new book, Music After Nationalism. In his work as an ethnomusicologist, he studies Jewish music and modernity as well as politics of religion and race in the music of the Middle East and South Asia. He is also the artistic director for the New Budapest Orpheum Society, who were the recipients of the 2011 Noah Greenberg Award for Historical Performance from the American Musicological Society.

To read a full biography and learn more about the fellowship, click here.

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