PETER WARE (May 4, 1951) has fashioned a melodic and harmonic vocabulary both distinctive and attractive. Frequently drawing titles from North American landscapes, Ware seeks to climb inside his sources creating an organic synthesis into the musical texture. With driving rhythm and intense drama, his music evolves through long-breathed melodies, spun out in a free-flowing contrapuntal style. Ware's musical structures develop naturally from motivic cells that seem to grow and mutate in an evolutionary sense. The music emerges from a primitive sense and communicates directly with the listener on a purely spiritual level. For this reason, its meaning can be interpreted and understood emotionally, but the message is encoded outside the realm of language.
Ware’s early musical training was in the church choir and under the piano tutelage of Florence Robertson in Beethoven's lineage. He studied composition at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Cincinnati and Yale University. His principal teachers include Krzysztof Penderecki, Scott Huston, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and Toru Takemitsu.
While many composers claim inspiration from the works and spirit of Beethoven, Ware's orchestra music is large in gesture with the heroic always surfacing and a sense of undeniable majesty. It communicates the universal awe, a speechlessness that can only be captured in the language of tone. In the end, the process is clearly recognizable as an extremely personal testimonial: the individual artist struggling for context in the world, and through the workings out of their art, championing and empowering themselves with spirit transcending.
attracts numerous commissions with grants from the Canada Council, the
National Endowment for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ohio Arts
He has attracted commissions and performances from ensembles such as
the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon
Symphony-Composer-of-the-Season, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Regina
Symphony, Orchestra London Canada, Virginia Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic,
Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble/Kitchener-Waterloo
Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Queen's Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber
Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He has received composition
prizes from the Minnesota Composers Forum, St. Louis New Music Circle,
University of Cincinnati, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Virginia
Commonwealth University and Yale University. His
music is available on the following CDs: The
Many Moods of the Guitar (GXD 5732) Impossible
Dream (GXD 5733), Forest Scenes
(GXD 5734), Americas
(GXD 5736), and Angelica
(5735). For more