One Symphony with Devin Patrick Hughes

Edgar Girtain, Composer in Isolation

May 3, 2021
I’m excited to share with you my interview with the fantastic composer and educator Edgar Girtain. I had a blast recording this interview, and I’m sure you’ll get a kick out Edgar’s passions and insights. I wanted to give all my listeners a heads up on this episode that there is some more colorful language and a depiction of a historical murder during the show. So if you have kids in the room or may find this content at all offensive, you may want make necessary adjustments.  That being said, I hope you enjoy the interview! 
Edgar Girtain is a traditional american composer with dozens of orchestral, chamber, and vocal works to his name. His music is regularly performed by a quantity of name-droppables in more places than even the composer can be sure of, and he holds beyond a reasonable number of degrees in music from several august institutions of higher education. His teachers include some composers you've probably heard of, but he learned the most from the teachers whose names you haven't, such as Charles Fussell, america's greatest forgotten composer. (He also owes deep gratitude to that elder statesman of eccentric american composers, David Felder). Edgar is regularly featured in his local newspaper, occasionally mentioned in bigger ones, and carves out his living as the head administrator of a minuscule university music department in cold, rainy Puerto Montt, Chile. Born in 1988, he's a married father of more than one daughter.
Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Edgar Girtain for sharing his music and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers that made this episode possible. Music was excerpted from Edgar’s Isolation Day 253, his Trios and Barbara Allen for voice and violin. You can check out Edgar’s music online at You can always find more info at including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to support the show. Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

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