Thursday, March 12, 2009

Notes from the MacDowell Artist Colony

Notes from the MacDowell Artist Colony, Peterborough, NH


My third full day here – I arrived Monday around noon and spent most of the afternoon getting settled in. I’m working in the Irving Fine studio, named for the prolific American composer who died at the age of 47. Barbara Harlow, who works in the Resident Director’s office, lent me a short video created by local children with guidance from some MacDowell fellows, entitled “The Ghost of Irving Fine”. Very cute movie, but I haven’t run into Irving yet.

Everything I’ve been told about how amazing a place this is is true. The setting is beautiful and tranquil, the staff are really friendly, and they all seem to be very good at what they do. They really go out of their way to make sure the artists have everything they need, and the food is delicious! We eat breakfast and in the dining hall, not on a strict schedule but everyone coming in when they’re ready, then the artists go to their studios. I can spend all day there working, and lunch is brought to my door in a little basket! How cool is that? At 6:30 pm, all the artists have dinner together. Evenings people socialize, check e-mail, go back to work more in their studios, whatever.

I’m starting to get into a working rhythm. I’ve actually been getting up earlier than I usually do at home. This week I’ve been working on the two movements of my suite that I had already started before I came, the opening song and one about vegetables – Cosas Verdes (Green Things), plus I’ve begun work on the final movement, which is about chocolate. I’ve been listening to Villa-Lobos string quartets for inspiration; it’s given me a lot of ideas about textures and melodic movement in quartet writing.

Monday, March 9, 2009

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