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Writing Music that Speaks to the Human Spirit

A visit with Thomas McKenney, Professor, Composition and Music Theory

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: electronic music composition music

The types of musical pieces McKenney composes and the compositional process he employs

Topics: Julia Gaines percussion

The nature of McKenney’s work ranges from dissonant, angular pieces that could be featured in science-fiction films to beautiful, balanced choral pieces intended to be sung in church. “The vocabulary that I use for a particular composition will depend upon the genre I am writing for.” He is often commissioned to compose something for a particular instrumentation, such as orchestra, symphonic wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, marimba and electronics, choir, or brass and percussion.