Episode 7: Living Composers Are Our Future

Episode 7: Living Composers Are Our Future

Marvin Rosen, host of Classical Discoveries, in his studio

Have you gotten tired of hearing the same old, same old classical masterpieces once again? Do you ever wonder if classical music is still even a thing? Are you curious what composers are doing nowadays but don’t know where to look?

Marvin Rosen, host of the radio program Classical Discoveries, on WPRB 103.3FM out of Princeton, NJ and streamed online at WPRB.com, has been on the air for 25 years. He is an ardent supporter and promoter of NEW classical music. He shares his passion for new music and for growing the global community by encouraging a simple act of love: listening.

Topics in this episode include:

  • The need to support composers of new music
  • Airing pieces that listeners of classical music have already heard is a waste of time
  • New music comes from all around the world
  • New music is giving expression to a wide variety of experiences from a wide range of perspectives
  • New music can have any style, influenced by popular music, world music, neoclassical music, minimalism, and the list goes on!
  • We show love by listening to others and hearing their stories, their music, their perspectives
  • We all motivate one another – composers, listeners, radio host
  • We must move on from the past

Marvin Rosen earned master’s degrees in musicology from the Manhattan
School of Music and Music Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia
University, and his doctorate in Music Education from Teachers’ College,
Columbia University. He has given many recitals and lecture/recitals as well as radio performances. He has recorded two CD’s of Alan Hovhaness piano music for Koch International Classics.  The Washington Post described “Fred the Cat” as “delectable”. About “Vision of a Starry Night”, the British magazine Tempo stated, “Rosen’s commitment to and enthusiasm for this very exceptional music cannot for a moment be doubted.” Dr. Rosen is the author of liner notes for a number of recordings featuring American
music on the Koch International Classics label and has also written for Albany Records and the MMC label. He has also presented lectures at the College Music Society’s Northeast Chapter meetings. From 1997 he has been the host of the weekly radio program “Classical Discoveries” on WPRB (103.3 FM). The program won the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2005. Between 2011 and 2015 Marvin Rosen was a board member for the Media Council of New Music USA and from 2012 until 2019 was an honorary member on the Board of New York Women Composers. In 2013, he received the “Distinguished Musician Alumni Award” from TCNJ
He is a member of the piano faculty at Westminster Conservatory and teaches music history for the Honors Music Program.

You can find Marvin Rosen at the following links:

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2 responses to “Episode 7: Living Composers Are Our Future”

  1. I applied to be on the podcast a while ago.


    1. Great! I will get back to you soon. I am finishing up some previous interviews right now.


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