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Preview in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the mid-1980s, composer Mathew Rosenblum bought an upright piano and started to experiment. Armed with mutes, a wrench, a digital tuner and tuning books, he spent two years developing his own tuning system in his apartment in New York City.

Feature Article in Pittsburgh City Paper
Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival showcases the widening landscape of the genre.

Preview in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Classical music lovers know that the genre can take you to the greatest emotional heights. This weekend's itinerary includes an investigation of Earth's most essential elements and a journey to the far reaches of outer space.

Feature Article in Pittsburgh City Paper
"Was a time when you were either a strict minimalist or you were doing the anti-Phil Glass thing. Mathew was able to steer the course between the two of them."

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SoundNotion 139: It Happened on 13th Street

Preview in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Art is often not intentional, even in its subject matter.
Prominent American poet James Dickey found himself fascinated by a story in The New York Times about an airline stewardess who fell out the door of an Allegheny Airlines flight over Connecticut. He imagined what she was thinking as she fell to her death in his acclaimed poem “Falling,” which was first published in 1967.
“It's dark, but it's also very life-affirming,” says Matthew Rosenblum, who has written an instrumental piece based on the poem.

Feature Article in Pitt Magazine
"In an apartment on 13th Street in Manhattan’s East Village, a 30-something composer sits at a baby grand piano, imagining layers of sound. Guided by a tug of intuition, he senses what he wants to hear. As he muses, he can see the baby grand’s inner life, its sweep of wire and soft-padded wooden hammers, its orderly rows of metal tuning pegs, its elegant arc of carbon-steel strings."

Feature Article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Mathew Rosenblum can count nine distinct reasons his music is unique in the world.
Two decades ago, the Pitt composer perfected a personal scale that inserts nine new notes among the traditional 12 of the chromatic scale. To a Western ear, the additional notes can sound out of tune, but they are structural elements influenced by Persian and Javanese music. It's the compositional DNA that lends Rosenblum's works a distinctive quality."

Preview in Pittsburgh City Paper
Some operas begin with a powerful backstory -- court intrigue, star-crossed lovers, mythical sagas, and so on. But the new opera RedDust: Portraits, Dreams & Prayers, the brainchild of Pittsburgh-based composer and University of Pittsburgh music professor Mathew Rosenblum, was born with a sound.

Feature Article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As grant recipients push the limits of their potential, they also challenge audiences. "This is the most substantial piece I've undertaken," Rosenblum said, referring to "Red Dust." "It's an hour long, and it has so many elements to it. It's stretching myself quite a bit." "Red Dust," he added, "will turn the typical operagoer 180 degrees" because the work combines spoken words with singing, video on three screens and music played in "surround sound." "It won't be your father's opera," the composer added.