by Dr. Peter F. Wolf
Peter is the one who taught me how to compose. This book, presented in Q&A format, covers a broad range of interesting musical topics that are essential to the way he teaches composition, and is a useful tool for those interested in learning more about composing, as well as teachers interested in learning about teaching composition.
Conversations with a Composer is an insightful exploration into the mind of a composer and respected composition teacher. It is also a delightful, easy-to-read, intriguing book for music lovers, wannabe composers, professional musicians, or newcomers to the appreciation of music. The reader melds into an imaginary audience interviewing Peter F. Wolf in an informal but informative question and answer dialogue. Relating fascinating biographical accounts and personal experiences, the author reveals how he became a musician and composer.
We discover the views and philosophies that guide this educator’s unique method of teaching the art of composition as he explores the relationship between teacher and student. For readers who find their interest piqued in developing their own creativity, Dr. Wolf provides a core of practical materials that he uses in teaching the craft of composition.
Discussions devoted to a great variety of other music-related themes highlight entertaining stories and controversies from music history, as well as food for thought. This book may be devoured as an engaging and amusing read, or it can be more fully digested as a compelling call to aspiring composers.
About the Author
Composer Dr. Peter Farkas Wolf, born in 1933 of Hungarian descent, came to the U.S.A. in 1962 as a protégé of the eminent French composer, Darius Milhaud. He earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Ph.D. in Composition from the Eastman School of Music under Samuel Adler. He has taught at several colleges and universities and is currently living in Kirkland, Washington.
The photo depicts the author in a humorous role as a Baroque musician.
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