The music of Galen H. Brown is best classified as "post-minimalist,"
drawing inspiration from composers such as Steve Reich, David Lang, and
Michael Gordon, but also occasionally from popular and rock
traditions. He has a particular interest in composing for
mid-sized chamber ensembles, in combining electronics and digital
processing with traditional instruments, and in using production
techniques traditionally associated with rock music.
contributing editor to the award-winning new-music website
Sequenza21.com, he has covered issues from arts funding and economics
to the uptown/downtown divide in contemporary music, to the nature of
media coverage of classical music. These writings have earned
praise around the blogosphere from such major classical music critics
as Kyle Gann, formerly of The Village Voice, and Alex Ross,music critic
for The New Yorker.
Brown was born in Fredericksburgh, VA, and
raised in Binghamton, NY, and Hanover, NH. He attended
University for two years, where he studied with David Rakowski, before
transferring to Dartmouth College, where he finished his bachelor's
degree studying with Jon Appleton and briefly with Kui Dong.
Following graduation in 2001, he moved to Boston, MA, where he worked
for a year before beginning a Master's degree at New England
Conservatory, studying with Lee Hyla. On completion of the
he returned to Hanover to work in the development office of
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and in 2006 he relocated to New
York City to join the database management team in the development
office of the New York Philharmonic.