Celebrating Women Composers | Ellen Zwilich

Celebrating Women Composers | Ellen Zwilich



well it wasn't you know like I decided I'm gonna be a composer I started making up things when I was about five you know and I didn't write anything down until I was about ten but I remember I was dying to take piano lessons and they got me to a piano teacher and the teacher gave me these silly things they used to give children and I said you know I make up better stuff than this and then when I was in college I went I went to be a music educator because that's all I knew and after I had been there about a year i'm i really knew i needed to be in composition and one of my professors sat me down and said this is a you know not such a good idea you're a girl you know you like boys they like you you're gonna get married you need something to fall back on it said this is not a good move cuz you know if you do this and you have to go further you've got to get at least a master's degree before you can teach you know well anyway that was one day and then the next day another of my professors called me into his office and said I hear you're changing your major and I said yes and I'm kind of like waiting and he said well that's great you know you're you'll love it you'll do well and say don't take this course it's too easy take this one it's challenging you know he was just like in there you know and I went with him I kind of agree with Bartok I don't think you can't teach composition because it's not like something you can learn how to do and then you know how to do it it's it's a for me it's a it's a lifelong process of learning what I think is very important is to understand the medium that you're working with the model of chamber music very interesting because in some ways all good music is chamber music they the best orchestral music even the best opera there's this element of you know you you I hear you you hear made all of this sort of thing and I think in a way I mean I said I I'm a great believer in interacting with people I'm writing for and that's kind of like chamber music you know I listen to you you listen to me and somehow or other you know it becomes something bigger than both of us

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