Cuando Yo Muero
“Cuando yo muero” is a love song based on the poem of the same name by Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). The song is a modern-day romantic ode to the passion and depth of love that – looking forward – is both sentimental and hopeful. With images of wind, sea, and flowers – the loved one hoped to go on living, to continue to carry forward – touching and radiating those qualities so loved by the speaker of the poem.
Brian Field’s music is an eclectic fusion of lyricism and driving rhythm that brings together elements of post-romanticism, minimalism, and jazz. He has received dozens of awards, including a McKnight Foundation award, RMN Classical recording prize, the Benenti Foundation recording prize; the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra Mullord Award; First Prize, Briar Cliff Choral Music Competition; and First Prize, Victor Herbert ASCAP Young Composers’ Contest among many others.
Mr. Field began his musical endeavors at age eight with the study of piano, and began his first serious compositional efforts at sixteen, earning his undergraduate degree in music and English literature from Connecticut College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. At Connecticut, he studied composition with Noel Zahler, piano with the Polish pedagogue Zosia Jacynowicz, organ with John Anthony, and harpsichord/figured-bass realization with Linda Skernick.
Devoting himself to composition, Mr. Field continued his musical studies at the Juilliard School in New York City where he was awarded his Master of Music degree. At Juilliard he was a student of Milton Babbitt. From Juilliard, Mr. Field attended Columbia University, earning his Doctorate. At Columbia, he was a President’s Fellow and studied composition with George Edwards and Mario Davidovsky.
Mr. Field’s musical works include music for television and stage; solo acoustic, chamber, ballet, choral, electroacoustic, and orchestral works. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and internationally.