Michael Weinstein, composer
The Concord Band is honored to present the world premiere of Four Songs
Without Words on Poems of Kleist for Concert Band, an original work for
concert band by Concord resident Michael Weinstein, who teaches composition
at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
This work was inspired by four poems of German writer Heinrich Kleist.
Discussing poety and musical composition, Weinstein writes,
“I love poetry and am delighted at finding a good verse or two for a
song setting — once I find something I like, it makes the composing
easier for me (not as abstract an exercise as writing, say, a sonata or a
symphony or concerto).
A good poem suggests an immediate form and gives the mood of a