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Ever find yourself listening to classical music on the radio and wondering what those composers were like in real life? Can you even imagine what it would be like to be around when the great masterpieces were just written? And does anybody actually compose music anymore or is it all just done with the touch of a button on a computer?

Luckily for us, the composer has not gone the way of the Dodo bird - in fact, there are quite a few of us still putting pencil to paper (or mouse to mousepad) and moving around the same little notes that Bach and Mozart used so many years ago. Most of us aren’t crazy or rich, but we do have something to say and we can say it in ways no one has ever heard of before. The only problem is that so many of our beloved outlets for classical music (orchestras, radio stations, etc.) still think that new music is too prickly and spicy for the public’s tender ears.

And of course, that’s not the case. There’s plenty of fantastic music out there that’s new and fresh and living - and it’s about time you get to hear it. The Composer Next Door was created to bring to you that music that you’d never get to hear otherwise. Some of it’s pretty, most of it’s thought-provoking and all of it deserves a listening. But it’s not just the music that we’ll be talking about. Although there are composers living all across the country, it’s still pretty rare for anyone else to get a good glimpse of who they are and what they have to say. Here you’ll get to hear about masters of the craft as well as young up-and-comers who are just finding their voices. As long as it’s genuine, it’s fair game. I hope you like it.

The Composer Next Door is made possible through the gracious support of the Kirkpatrick Foundation as well as the many composers who have donated their music.


If you like what you hear on The Composer Next Door, please check out another great show that focuses on new music - Brave New World, hosted by my good friend Daniel Gilliam, is broadcast from WUOL-FM in Louisville, KY and nationally online.