Specializing in Music for Viola
Music of Michael Kimber
Photo by J. F. W. Kimber
As a violist who also composes, Im naturally inclined to write music that
I myself will enjoy playing. Sounding contemporary is rarely my intent;
my style has depended on the kind of music Im writing. Ive found much
inspiration in writing music evocative of other times and places, and every
time and place suggests its own unique style. Unfortunately, the adoption
of an element or elements of one culture or identity by members of another
culture or identity is now criticized as cultural appropriation. If you perform
my Fantasía Hispana, my Three Armenian Impressions, my Echoes of Greece,
my Emerald Isle, does this make you guilty of cultural appropriation? I think
thats for you to decide. For myself, I can only say that whenever Ive written
such culture-inspired music, and whenever Ive performed it, my intention has
been to communicate my admiration and sincere respect for another culture; I
have never intended to demean any culture or identity in any way whatsoever.
a 2010 recipient of the American Viola Societys
in recognition of his compositions for viola.
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String Orchestra Music
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Polish violist Marcin Murawski has recorded
eight CDs of Michael Kimbers music.
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Here is a sample from CD #4:
the first three minutes of Night Music
for solo viola and string orchestra.
Here are some links to just some of the many
performances of Michael Kimbers music on YouTube!
Here are links to audio recordings of the composer
performing some of his own solo viola music.
Here is a list of some of the many
of Michael Kimbers music.
If you are performing or have recently performed any of my music,
or have heard a performance of it, I would love to hear from you.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
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Updated February 16, 2021