An Interview with Christopher Butterfield

Mary-Ellen Rayner, Yang Crystal


On November 14, 2011, we [Rayner and Yang] interviewed composer Christopher Butterfield in his office at the University of Victoria. He started his musical life at the age of eight as a chorister in King’s College Choir, Cambridge, and decided he wanted to be a composer at the age of eighteen. He has always had an interest in performance, whether he was fronting a rock band, conducting, making performance art, or reciting sound poetry. As performers ourselves, we were especially interested in his relationship to performance and performers: In Montreal this fall, he reprised his acclaimed interpretation of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate, and in May he will be giving a recital of Erik Satie’s Socrate in Toronto. In addition to performance, we asked him about literature, his own compositional language, and specifically his 2009 piece, Bosquet, written for twenty-two flutes and one cello.

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