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Composers at Home: Matthew Greenbaum

Composer Matthew Greenbaum is Professor of Composition at Temple University and studied with Mario Davidovsky and Stefan Wolpe. He is one of Momenta’s earliest supporters and created a residency for Momenta at Temple University which was Momenta’s first public performance! Please enjoy his quick answers from home (if not his cooking) and check out this this interview with him from 2015.

What is an early musical experience that has stayed with you throughout your career?

I think I remember hearing the Schubert 9th Symphony when I was around 2 or 3.

How did you meet Momenta and how have we collaborated over the years?

I volunteered to write a piece for Stephanie and things followed from there.

Have any aspects of composing changed for you during the coronavirus pandemic?

I get to do even more of it.

Do you have a performance of your work that you’d like to share? 

More Venerable Canons
complete: https://soundcloud.com/matthew-greenbaum/more-venerable-canons
mvt 4: https://drive.google.com/open?id=15-YlLHwG4XfAWeA7e8d3Ai8vFR8xc9_5

What music have you been listening to recently?

Luigi Dallappicola, Boccherini cello quintets, Mahler symphonies, Flatt & Scruggs

Is there a particular favorite book you’ve recently read that you’d recommend?

Thanks to devices like Nook you can acquire the complete works of an enormous range of writers for only a few dollars. So over the past few months I’ve read all of George Elliot, Hugh Walpole, and lots of short stories by Elizabeth Bowen. I’m also reading Lewis Carrol’s book on symbolic logic.

What are you doing for fun while socially isolating?

Studying geometry, particularly the Pre-Socratics. Practicing piano.

If you could have dinner with any figure from any time period who would it be?

Nietzsche, Virginia Woolf

What do you enjoy cooking or eating at home?

I’m not permitted to cook for my family because what I make is always too weird.