Welcome to my website!
Here on the left sidebar are clickable links to pages with:
1) my resume, biographical information and current list of compositions,
2) information on selected pieces and recordings of some of them, and
3) some of my writings on music.
Here also are several other links:
My Blog on Wordpress http://gregoryyoutz.wordpress.com/
Responses to Questions about the Creative Process http://jeffleisawitz.com/professor-greg-youtz-composer/
You can contact me at my email at PLU:
and my office phone there is:
As a small child attending concerts, I felt that musicians onstage in the yellow glow of the lights were engaged in a kind of magic- casting spells that transported me to otherworldly places. Later, as a composer in training, I became fascinated with the elaborate architecture and sonic engineering involved in creating such magical performances. For me now, a musical composition is both a narrative and a structure. It is a narrative unfolding in sound that, like all good stories, is surprising yet logical, fresh yet familiar, and particular yet universal. It is a structure that is self-exploratory, self-referential, harmonious, balanced, and beautiful. Hearing a performance, I hope my audience is simultaneously aware of the unfolding narrative and the slowly revealed structure and, in my composition process, I always keep the listening experience of the audience before me in my thoughts.
I enjoy beginning with detailed knowledge of the performers, the audience and the premiere. I then search through my store of ideas- accumulated over decades of traveling, teaching, thinking and composing- to imagine the overall form and effect of the piece.
I feel my composing is always in service to my audience and my performers, and is often also in service to social/cultural ideas that I think need to be discussed. Although I respect the view that art can be a safe, attractive antidote to the troubles of the world, I am usually more interested in art as a medium for discussion of great ideas, whether they be humorous, deadly serious, or simply wonderfully interesting. I also still believe in the role of music as a vehicle for transportation to places of magic.