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Composer Hans Thomalla Talks About His Song-Opera "Dark Spring"

Composer Hans Thomalla
Photo: Northwestern University

German-American composer Hans Thomalla has released a recording of his new song-opera Dark Spring, which "marries American popular song tradition to the musical and theatrical avant-garde in this fresh new take on contemporary opera."  The story centers on four characters under extreme pressure to achieve academically, to attain popularity, and to perform romantically.

Hans is  based in Chicago, where he is Professor of Music Composition at Northwestern University and the founder/director of the Institute for New Music.  He joined me for a discussion of this project and his thoughts on contemporary music in general.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music