One cool thing about getting older is the opportunity to finally understand some things.
This spring I visited Greece. In the museums I saw scores of amphoras—vessels for oil, wine, water—every one a piece of functional design, each made beautiful. Because why shouldn't the container be beautiful?
As I prepare for my first deep dive into the composing shed for my upcoming chamber opera Sanctuaries, here are some of the musical touchstones I have discovered along the way that I will be taking with me.