Periodically Walter-Simmons.com will feature a particular composer whose music we think you will enjoy. There will be a brief description, a sample of his work, and some links that will help you pursue further information. You may also search our database for my writings on the composer. If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Previous Featured Composers: Lee Hoiby, Robert Muczynski, Arnold Rosner, Daniel Catán, Robert Kurka, and Paul Moravec.

Our currently featured composer is Samuel Zyman. Zyman is one of today’s leading composers whose music follows traditional formal and developmental practices. Born in Mexico City in 1956, Zyman came to the United States in 1981, and entered the Juilliard School, where he studied with Stanley Wolfe, Roger Sessions, and David Diamond. He is currently a member of the Juilliard faculty. Like Daniel Catán, one of our previously featured composers, Zyman draws upon both his Jewish heritage and his own Mexican nationality. However, most of his music pursues an international, classically-oriented neo-romanticism, characterized by a driving rhythmic vitality, as well by as a haunting lyricism. Zyman has composed symphonies, concertos, a string quartet, and other chamber and vocal music. A recent highly-publicized success is the music he wrote for the award-winning film La Otra Conquista, which concerns the 16th-century conquest of the Aztecs by Hernando Cortés and his small army. The theme music for the film is a song called “Mater Aeterna,” which can be heard in a performance by Plácido Domingo on YouTube

Listen to a brief excerpt from Cycles

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