contemporary classical music

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He was pivotal in reviving the American musical genre of ragtime. He has composed music in a range of styles that all but erases the lines between art music and popular music.

And he has taught and mentored some of the foremost composers in America today — including some working right here in Central Ohio.

Columbus is becoming a hotbed of new music activity, and flutist Lindsey Goodman is right in the thick of it.

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Composer and sound artist Matthew Burtner says he understands the sound of snow.

“Growing up in Alaska, the sound of snow is what really got me into computer music,” said Burtner —professor of composition and computer technologies and chair of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia — in a recent phone interview. “I just understand the sound of snow really well, and I’ve used it in my music for a long time.”