Cristyn Magnus composer

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Personal Pieces

Much of my work is concerned with the alienation of listeners from musical performance. Before the advent of recording, music was participatory. Sure, there were professional musicians, but everyone made music. To hear music at home, people made their own music. To hear music in a pub, people made their own music. And so on. Now that we can listen to recordings, there's simply no need. And so we're increasingly taught that if we aren't experts—if we aren't real musicians—we shouldn't/couldn't make music. It just wouldn't be good enough. This is part of a wider social trend in which we are told with increasing frequency that we need this, that, or the other certification to do some perfectly ordinary task.

My personal pieces are designed to challenge this alienation. Anyone can hear these pieces, so long as they are willing to perform them.