Reaction Weekend

Christopher Tin – so much more than a crossover composer

Review - Christopher Tin at the Carnegie Hall, 3rd July

BY Gerald Malone   /  5 July 2019

This is about a Carnegie Hall concert featuring Christopher Tin, the 43-year-old Californian, British educated composer with a Grammy award already under his belt for video game music. The first. There will be more. He has single-handedly made video game music a serious genre.

But, before he takes to a Manhattan podium on a sunny June Sunday to perform his “Calling All Dawns” song cycle, I need to chase off a first-half elephant which had stumbled into the hall. I wish I could ignore it. Can’t. It’s a bloody elephant, after all!

Graham Greene famously observed; “In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock”.


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