It was Plato who said that, "Beauty is the splendor of truth." The European tradition of music is undoubtedly one of mankind's most beautiful creations, and great works from the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner represent, perhaps, the best man has to offer. For religious composers like Bach and Beethoven, music was not just a product to be consumed by the masses but a means through which people could experience divinity in a way unlike any other. Such inspiration compelled artists to complete works that have stood the test of time and continue to resonate with people around the world. In this respect, the tradition of Western music is more than just a method for writing music. It's a spiritual link to something greater than the artist himself. It's a legacy that connects us to the past while allowing for creative additions.
For centuries music has helped to unify people. Figures like Wagner, Verdi, Sibelius, and Rimsky-Korsakov helped establish the national identity of their home countries while providing such wonderful contributions to Western culture as a whole. As the colonial inheritors of this tradition, the United States has always shared in the preservation and enjoyment of Western music. Yet, America, despite its many successes, has struggled to match the musical contributions of her European cousins. For decades, American composers like Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland attempted to create an"American" sound-both with notable success, but today, the American musical tradition has fallen almost completely out of popular consideration. My music is intended to reestablish and reaffirm the beauty of classical Western art music, and to assert a new, revived, take on the "American" sound. To that end, I will endeavor to create such works that we may see the beginning of a new and beautiful era in music, one that will replenish our spirit and inspire us on the road to virtue and achievement.