Composer | Contemporary Classical

About Timothy Brown
Timothy J. Brown is a composer who writes in a variety of styles and for a variety of media. Dr. Brown writes art songs, choral works, chamber music for standard and mixed ensembles, instrumental works as well as mixed ensemble works with voice, and large scale works. He finds a particular niche in creating works which are socially conscious. Some of his works deal with peace, drawing on texts from World War I. He is comfortable setting texts in a variety of languages; his works to date include English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Hebrew, and Flemish.

One of his recent creations is a 30 minute set for Pierrot ensemble using poems by Paul Eluard. The work is intended as a companion piece for Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, the 100th anniversary of which will be in 2012.

He wrote Dreams Kept, Dreams Deferred, a set of six pieces using poems by Langston Hughes, for soprano Liana Valente, DMA. The cycle was premiered in 2008 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Excerpts were also performed at the national College Music Society meeting in 2008. Drs. Brown and Valente presented this work at the Phenomenon of Singing International Voice Symposium VIII in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, in July 2011. Tenor Gregory Wiest performed the cycle in Munich, Germany, in March 2009. This work was performed in November 2010 at the Society of Composers National Conference.

In February 2010, Bass-baritone Shawn Roy and pianist Chan Kiat Lim premiered a new song cycle, Returning, using six poems by soldiers returning home from World War I.

In 2008, he made a presentation at the Aspen Composers Conference on writing art songs.

Dr. Brown is equally comfortable with instrumental music composition. A 2010 project was the creation of Sous la ferme de la Petite Douve, a work for wind ensemble approximately 17 minutes in duration. The title of the work is a reference to an undetonated landmine from World War I in Messines, Belgium. Another was the setting of seven poems by writer Ned Balbo for contralto voice and piano.

When not doing something with music, he is frequently to be found on a bicycle.