Caroline Shaw on Writing Classical Music “Fan Fiction,” and Her Prime 4 Desert-Island Songs

One heat summer season day, I met the composer Caroline Shaw in New York Metropolis, the place we spent an hour in Central Park speaking about her music. Not lengthy after we discovered a bench, it started to rain, calmly at first after which more durable after which actually onerous. However we had introduced umbrellas, so we determined to experience it out. This was not, we regularly however inevitably realized, an particularly sensible determination, however we have been every too cussed to be the primary to surrender.

Coincidentally we’re each from North Carolina and subsequently reflexively well mannered, so there

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