Author Archives: Chris

traveller, standing in rooms {i … ii}

Non-crystal, fog: flight. (First two frag­ments of a later whole.)

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Two Pietàs: Bouguereau & Streich

The most re­cent edi­tion of the CeReNeM Journal, run by post­gradu­ates at the University of Huddersfield, con­tains an art­icle I wrote about the painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Swedish com­poser Lisa Streich, ex­ploring the trope of the Pietà in their works. Thanks go to Pedro Alvarez for in­stig­ating the pro­ject and editing this volume, and to […]

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Hand Werk Incredulous in Harvard

On Saturday, 8 March, Cologne-based en­semble hand werk are giving the first of the Harvard Group for New Music’s con­certs for the year. In a mam­moth pro­gramme that in­cludes works by my col­leagues here Sivan Cohen-Elias, Marta Gentilucci, Justin Hoke, Tim McCormack, Manuela Meier, Marek Poliks, Ian Power, and Sabrina Schroeder, they will play my […]

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Tomorrow I will build a house here, if I can hold still

Wide open, the sweep and curve of gravity draws swerves out of the body. The dust that pat­terns re­mote points ap­pears near: veined boulders, ice­bergs calved into air, sheets of dirty purple glass cor­nering into one an­other. A finger traces through the mist and re­peats, trying to settle at a place of no di­men­sions full […]

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Bruno Mantovani on female conductors

The ques­tion of gender in­equity in clas­sical music is hardly a new one and just a few days ago, Alex Ross posted in the New Yorker in­cluding some more re­cent up­set­ting com­ments from Russian con­ductors about their fe­male coun­ter­parts. Meanwhile in the fran­co­phone world, there has been heated de­bate about re­marks made this week by […]

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  • Microbiography

    Chris Swithinbank is a British-Dutch com­poser who works with both acoustic in­stru­ments and elec­tronic sounds. He is cur­rently a stu­dent at Harvard University with Chaya Czernowin.
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