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Synesthetic Composing with Mary Beth Huttlin

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Dr. Mary Beth Huttlin is not only a talented composer and clarinetist, but she’s also gifted perceptually. She has perfect pitch and a constant stream of melodies in her head to draw from. Mary Beth also experiences auditory-visual synesthesia, meaning she perceives colors when she hears music. In episode 24 of Composer Quest, Mary Beth talks with me about how these gifts affect the way she listens to and makes music. We also discuss why Bach is possibly the coolest composer ever.

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Episode Soundtrack

  • 0:00 – Original Composer Quest Theme by Mary Beth Huttlin
  • 0:18 – “Questions” from Childhood Scenes by Mary Beth Huttlin
  • 0:37 – Diaspora by Mary Beth Huttlin, performed by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
  • 1:22 – Gavotte by J.S. Bach, performed by the Twin Cities Trio
  • 11:40 – Three Pieces for Clarinet by Igor Stravinsky, performed by William McColl
  • 15:11 – Echoes in Time by Mary Beth Huttlin
  • 18:04 – “Fantasies” from Childhood Scenes by Mary Beth Huttlin
  • 22:52 – Wachet Auf by J.S. Bach, performed by the Twin Cities Trio
  • 23:51 – Sinfonia XI by J.S. Bach, performed by the Twin Cities Trio

 


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