The Golden Gate is a dramatic space traversed by an iconic bridge. These two strongly visual elements have now been rendered in music, in new work for orchestra, chorus and real world sound.
composer Rob Kapilow discovered he could develop an ancient starting point for his new piece.Once he recognized the Golden Gate as a geographical feature that has endured for centuries,
Building the Golden Gate Bridge required overcoming enormous resistance. Kapilow says he sought to embody that aspect of its history in his composition as well.
In our interview, Kapilow used his iPad to play samples from his sound collection and his composition. He explained that digital technology is also being employed when the piece is performed. Of course that also meant a steeper learning curve for the keyboardist whose job it is to "play" those sounds.