• Local composition
    April 10,2013

    Jim Lowe’s article (Times Argus, April 4) about Counterpoint’s new series of concerts nicely conveyed the excitement that comes with the performance of music by the excellent composers who live and compose in Vermont communities. Counterpoint and its director, Nathaniel Lew, are to be commended on the ambitious program.

    At one point in the article, it was speculated that this might have been the first such choral concert of Vermont composers ever to have been given in this state.

    It was not.

    Twenty years ago, the Randolph-based choral group Sounding Joy! presented a program entirely by composers living not only just in Vermont, but just in the Randolph area. Works presented were by Gwyneth Walker, Kathy Wonson Eddy, Eric Nielsen and Justin Morgan. The audience was enthralled. (In addition to the work of those four certifiably local composers, it must be admitted, there was also a mini-performance of the “National Emblem March” by the noted band composer E.E. Bagley, who lived briefly in Randolph and may have composed this great march while he was here. The Sounding Joy! performance of this work was rendered exclusively on kazoos.)

    M. Dickey Drysdale


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