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Composer David Ward-Steinman

Annie Corrigan interviews composer David Ward-Steinman, adjunct professor of music at Indiana University.

David Ward-Steinman in tweed blazer and dark gray turtleneck shirt

Photo: Adam Schwartz/WFIU

David Ward-Steinman

I learned so much from [Nadia Boulanger]. . . .  She was quick to point out passages about which she would say, ‘Here it is not you. Here it is weak. Here it sounds like somebody else.’ And if you keep eliminating those and rewriting them, eventually what is left is you, your voice.

David Ward-Steinman’s compositions reflect popular and jazz music, electronic music, and music from other cultures.

His works have been performed in all the major cities of the U.S. and on every continent except Africa and Antarctica, by such ensembles as the Japan Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and Seattle Symphony. His music has been recorded on a number of labels including Harmonia Mundi.

Ward-Steinman’s teachers have included Darius Milhaud, Milton Babbitt, Aaron Copland, and Nadia Boulanger.

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