Backstage with Brian Bell
and John Harbison

John Harbison is a composer whose music is not easily categorized. Perhaps best known for his opera The Great Gatsby, which was premiered in 1999 at the Metropolitan Opera, his works reflect a distinctive approach to the role tonal centers play in a piece, as well as an easy and natural affinity with jazz influences. In a 2003 interview, he talks with Brian about his Third Symphony and the way in which he simply followed the notes to see how it would end. (Photo: Ann Fuller)

ListenHear interview with composer John Harbison (18:40)