Roger Reynolds (1934)

Among American composers, Roger Reynolds is surely one of those to have most formalised his thought, which he has done in numerous writings produced throughout his life. Since the late 1960s, he has felt drawn to relate his reflection on compositional practice to broader subjects of American identity, the composer’s role in society, and the place of art in the world. His early scientific education, moreover, led drew him to research in the fields of informatics and perception. While many of his writings derive from his academic career, attached since 1969 to the Department of Music of the University of California at San Diego, some originated from his numerous stints in the United States or abroad as a composer-in-residence or visiting professor. Thus Reynolds wrote his first work, Mind Models (1975), at the University of Illinois, A Searcher’s Path (1987) at CUNY/Brooklyn College, and Form and Method (2002) while serving as Randolph Rothschild Guest Composer at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The articles published in French derive from residencies at IRCAM (“Réaliser une expérience musicale”, 1985; “L’ajustement de la sensibilité à un ensemble de contraintes”, 1981).

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