Episode 36

Flute 360 | Episode 36: “An Interview with Gary Schocker” (42:32)

In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Gary Schocker who is a flutist, composer, teacher, pianist, and harpist. Topics include music education, compositional process, and musicality. Check out today’s episode to hear more!

Episode 36 – Main Points:

  • 1:26 – Welcome!
  • 1:28 – Question 1: Please share with us your background!
  • 1:46 – Gary’s Background
  • 2:00 – Gary’s first teacher was his father.
  • 2:20 – Gary studied with Julius Baker.
  • 2:30 – The Juilliard School of Music
  • 3:35 – Schocker’s “Regrets and Resolutions”
  • 3:50 – Music for flute and piano (published and unpublished) by Gary.
  • 5:06 – “I am always improving my flute technique.” – Gary
  • 5:51 – “It’s an exploration…I’ve learned a lot about my hands when playing the harp.” – Gary
  • 6:57 – Emily Mitchell, harpist
  • 8:05 – Composer: Chopin
  • 8:32 – Composer: Luis Calvo & his piece “Malvaloca”
  • 10:10 – Harp & Guitar Duet, “Hypnotized” by Gary Schocker (Video & Music)
  • 10:58 – Question 2: What is your compositional process like?
  • 11:16 – Answer
  • 13:57 – Question 3: Is there a specific piece that is your favorite?
  • 14:09 – Answer
  • 14:42 – Gary’s “Three Dances for Two Flutes
  • 15:44 – Gary loves Telemann (Telemann’s Fantasies)
  • 16:56 – What piece(s) do you like of yours that don’t
  • 17:30 – Gary’s “Sonatas No. 8 and No. 9
  • 17:49 – Gary’s “Airborne
  • 18:09 – Gary’s “Musique Française
  • 18:21 – Gary’s “Flutes in the Garden” for three flutes
  • 19:30 – “The nature of the flute is ultimately to float!” – Gary
  • 21:00 – Question 4: Any advice for the budding new composer?
  • 22:44 – Answer
  • 24:49 – Alexander Technique
  • 25:32 – Gary talks about his approach to teaching.
  • 26:58 – Composer: David Diamond
  • 30:09 – “Sensitivity is a big part of music.” – Gary
  • 33:22 – Question 4 – Any last suggestions and/or comments?
  • 33:33 – Answer
  • 34:20 – Chaminade’s Concertino
  • 35:45 – “[Music] really puts you in your own milieu!” – Gary
  • 36:44 – Picks!
  • 38:52 – Jake and Gabe Fridkis
  • 41:20 – Conclusion

Episode 36 – Picks:

Gary

  • Old Haynes Flutes!

Heidi

  • To rekindle old relationships with a friend, colleague, or mentor & to create a space for new relationships to form!

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