December 5: Augusta Read Thomas

Augusta Read Thomas is University Professor of Composition in the Department of Music and the College at the University of Chicago.

Prof. Thomas is in residence December 5–8 as Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. This public lecture is part of that residency. All are welcome.

See Prof. Thomas’s Web site here:

Composing Music: Transformations and Connections


A detailed analysis by Augusta Read Thomas of 30 measures of music she composed. How was the composition made? What are its “rules” and “guiding principles?” How were the notes selected, the rhythm organized? How does the composition balance: affect and effect, intuition and intellect, nuance and spontaneity, lightness and richness? What do the articulations and dynamic mean? What is the form of the composition?