Putting Frost to music for a school's bicentennial
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent | March 27. 2014 7:57PM
Composer Andrew Boyson Jr. listens to Pinkerton Academy students sing during a recent visit to the school. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
But one Granite State composer, Andrew Boyson Jr., is willing to take on the challenge for Pinkerton Academy’s 200th anniversary this year.
“This is a very, very exciting happening here to have a composer write a piece of music specifically for us,” said Thomas Quigley, director of the Fine Arts Department.
Boyson visited the school earlier this month to listen to choral students sing. He wanted to get a sense of what the chorus is like as he writes his piece and to know what he’s working with when it’s finally performed, Underhill said.
Early in the process, Boyson said he was somewhat nervous since he’d heard of other composers having trouble using Frost’s poetry for lyrics. He still remembers several of Frost’s poems from high school but wasn’t that familiar with the poet’s overall body of work.
“The message behind it is to kind of stop and appreciate what’s going on around you right now,” Boyson said.
“And you never really stop and just say, ‘This is pretty cool right where I am right now,’” said Boyson.
Boyson then discussed some of the process.
“When I’m dealing with text, it’s a lot different than the process when I’m just writing for an instrumental alone because so much of the text defines what the piece is going to be,” Boyson said.