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Balancing the Contribution of the Conductor and the Composer to a Performance

Erica Muhl is a Professor of Composition at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Her compositions have been commissioned or played by organizations such as Minnesota Opera, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Italy's Orchestra della RAI, Venezuela's Orquesta Filharmonica Nacional, National Public Radio, and many more. Her music has been featured in festivals worldwide, and she has been the recipient of grants and awards from such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has received the prestigious Whitaker Commissioning Prize.

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Erica Muhl, a Professor of Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, answers a question about whether there is worth in comparing the performances of great conductors with a series of observations about the role and duty of a composer to create a performance that is true to three entities: themselves, the music, and the composer whose vision must be respected most of all.

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November 2007
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