Interview with Marjan Mozetich

Description:An interview with Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich about his works, musical influences and musical style. Two of Mozetich's works were nominated for Classical Composition of the Year: Angels in flight and Lament in the trampled garden, the latter of which received the 2010 Juno Award.
Credits:Marjan Mozetich, Canadian Music Centre Atlantic Region
Subject:Marjan Mozetich | Lament in the trampled garden | Desire at twilight
Related People:Marjan MozetichMarjan Mozetich

Marjan Mozetich begins the interview by describing his works that are nominated for the 2010 Juno Awards, Angels in flight and Lament in the trampled garden, both of which were written between 18-23 years ago.

Mozetich recalls how he found his own voice in music through clearing out prescribed notions of composition in order to express himself. He was influenced by the minimalists, who made him feel legitimate - that he could use melodies, harmonies and simple rhythms. Mozetich advises that one has to follow their own heart in what they really want to hear and create. He believes that expression is more important than technical execution.

Mozetich describes the piece that will be performed following his interview: Desire at twilight. This piece was written in 1986 for duo piano and duo violin with long melodic lines and a lot of arpeggiated figurations for the piano. It is has a minimalist style attached to it through its repetitious cycles. Essentially it is an exercise on how you can keep a melody going (covers five cycles). The title of the work speaks for itself - a desire and yearning for something. The piece was inspired by Francois Prinet's 1901 painting, The Kreutzer Sonata, which depicts a male violinist kissing a female pianist. Mozetich describes how he never has a title when he first starts a piece - that the title usually appears towards the end of the piece, which thus makes the title integral to the piece.

Lastly, Mozetich conveys the meaning behind his choral piece that he wrote for the Ontario Youth Choir in 2000, Aspirations, which is part of three songs that he also wrote the text for. Essentially, this piece is about the aspirations of youth and teenagers - that as much as they may have aspirations to become somebody, they should never lose sight of who they are and to keep their feet on the ground.

Created Date04 Jun 2010