Video: Michael Colgrass demonstrates the fine art of translating images into sound


Neal Colgrass is producing a documentary of the life and work of his father, Toronto-based composer Michael Colgrass. He has shared a fascinating clip, that follows his father to the Arctic in 1989, to explain the birth of Arctic Dreams, a suite born of geography mixed with Inuit customs and lore.

I love the relationship between Colgrass’s score and its original inspiration — the relationship is clear, but the depiction is all about the composer’s own imagination.

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