Arnold RosnerDuring his fifty-year compositional career, the American composer Arnold Rosner (1945–2013) produced a body of work that combined diverse influences into a powerful, distinctly personal musical voice. His catalogue comprises compositions in nearly every genre. These include three operas, eight symphonies, numerous works for orchestra and wind band. In addition there are several large-scale choral works, and many chamber, solo, and vocal pieces.

Rosner’s musical language is founded on the harmonic and rhythmic devices of the polyphonic music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Listeners can find these roots, to a greater or lesser extent, in virtually all his music. To them he added a free triadicism and exotic modalities, intensified in some works by more contemporary harmonic dissonance. He combined this language with the lavish orchestration and emotional drama of late-nineteenth-century Romanticism. Rosner shaped his unusual language to embrace an enormous expressive range. This was far broader than one might imagine possible, from serene beauty to violent rage. This makes Rosner’s music worthy of serious consideration, rather than being merely an integration of earlier styles. Yet despite its fusion of seemingly incongruous elements, most of his music is readily accessible even to untutored listeners. Read more