Wisconsin teen composers tackling the symphonic form

Posted on: December 17, 2009

In Sunday’s (12/13) Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin), Gena Kittner writes, “Two years ago, the makings of a symphony came to Trent Prall in his sleep. Last month that dream became reality as he and fellow orchestra students at Verona High School performed the three-movement symphony he composed based on his vision. … High school students, like Prall, who have composed three-movement symphonies are rare but not unheard of in the Madison area. Joel Weng, 13, of Madison, also composed a three-movement symphony called Symphony No. 1 that was performed by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra last month; Zachary Green, 16, of Oregon, composed a piece performed at the Seasons Music Festival in Yakima, Wash.—a national festival for young composers and conductors—in October; and Robert Harlow, 17, of Barneveld, has composed a piece that WYSO’s Philharmonia Orchestra will perform in March. … Prall, who plays cello, piano and guitar, has composed close to 30 other songs – about half for his two-man rock band and half piano sonatas. It took him around six months to write the symphony ‘Inspiration.’ ”

Posted December 17, 2009