Christopher Rouse

Influential books

July 20, 2008|By Joanna Brenner

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse was born and raised in Mount Washington, attended the Gilman School and went on to earn degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Cornell University. He has taught at the Juilliard School since 1997 and this spring was named composer-in-residence at Peabody Conservatory. BSO music director Marin Alsop is an avid champion of Rouse's work.

"History's 100 Greatest Composers" by Helen L. Kaufmann

This book was published when I was a young boy who had recently decided to become a composer. I pored over this book endlessly, enthralled by the lives contained therein.

"The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris

These electrifying books about one of our most electrifying presidents whetted an appetite for presidential history that continues to this day.

"The Cornish Trilogy" by Robertson Davies

Actually, this stands for all of Davies' works: funny, outrageous, touching, humane and incredibly wise. He is my favorite novelist.

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