SOP Podcast #88 - Samuel Delaunay on Astronomy, Architecture, and Finding Your Own Way in Organ Composition
composer from France. Professionally, he is a project manager in a big IT company.
Alongside his scientific studies, he started playing the organ at the age of 20 as a self-taught musician. He learned improvisation with Henri-Franck Beaupérin. He took several diocesan organ courses in order to master the repertoire, accompaniment and a first approach to musical writing.
At the conservatoire of Nantes, he took a course in musical composition from composer Christian Villeneuve and another in analysis from conductor Jenö Rehak. A master class with composer Thierry Escaich was also an important step of this training.
Samuel loves to write for the organ, sometimes with the flute as a solo part. Compositions for serpents, orchestras and choirs widen his sound universe. His pieces are often organized as thematic suites, explorations of scientific or poetic themes.
Among many other things we talk about the influence of astronomy and architecture on his creative style as well of the importance of finding your own way in organ composition.
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