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Article: Steve Soderberg in Conversation with Roger Reynolds

On October 17 and 18 of 2000, music specialist Stephen Soderberg of the Library sat down with Roger Reynolds in Studio A to talk with him about the work of composing as it relates to his career.

[Roger Reynolds, Crowthers' studio, London, England, 2004]. Roger Reynolds Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

On October 17 and 18 of 2000, music specialist Stephen Soderberg of the Library sat down with Roger Reynolds in Studio A to talk with him about the work of composing as it relates to his career.

Part 1 - Beginnings
Roger Reynolds reminisces about his early days, how he became a composer, his influences, and the process of composing.

Part 2 - The Importance of an Overall Plan to Composition
Roger Reynolds talks in more detail about the overall plan he makes when composing, and the role of algorithms in his music.

Part 3 - Transfigured Wind: A Guide
Roger Reynolds listens to his piece Transfigured Wind and offers his comments on the work and the process of creating it.

Part 4 - The Work of a Composer
Roger Reynolds speaks about self-awareness and how others perceive him and his music. He comments on what happens when his works go to rehearsal, offers additional examples of overall plans, and expounds on the role of technology in his composition.