If Desired Composers Designed Homes

My studio has to be full of music when I’m sitting at my drawing table. Nothing beats drawing and designing into the sounds of music. Even though some may listen to rockothers to blues and others to country, I discover that classical music is exactly what I work best to. The music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and, above all, Handel have a means of getting the mood just right to make sure that my muse will appear that day.

Certainly there needs to be a relationship between the style of one’s work and the music one listens to. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School designs made all the more sense once I learned that he was to Beethoven.

So here’s a peek at some of my favorite composers and how every inspires me.

The Anderson Studio of Architecture & Design

Certainly the world would be a much poorer place if not for the music of George Frideric Handel. It seems I can’t go a day without listening to an oratorio, an opera or a different piece at this composer. There’s a richness to the music that is irresistible. It is simultaneously mild and totally free while also strong and strong — he had that rare skill of blending two diametrically opposed forces into a sensory delight.

Carney Logan Burke Architects

Giuseppe Verdi composed stunt of scale and tragedy. It is a music that combines the vastness of the landscape with a pharaonic sense of majesty to tell the narrative of love and suffering — like two seats side by side set from the vastness of the landscape. The narrative unfolds before them while they sitnot concentrated on each other but around the entire world at large.

Andreozzi Architects

Even though a Franz Josef Hayden composition is truly sublime and enriching, his symphonies are often humorous and carry within their structure a surprise. While we enjoy the familiar language of the piece, we also get the joke for a quiet chuckle. It is like a brick chimney that gets flattened and flared in a means that’s the opposite of what you would anticipate.

Johnson Berman

Ludwig van Beethoven is obviously epic but with a gentle tranquility that elevates. And I find that music to be quiet. Not the quiet of silence, but the silence of a battle to go beyond and to be . To be epic in a means that’s personal rather than clamorous.

Hart Associates Architects, Inc..

Antonín Dvořák arrived at the United States and, as only a beginner could, educated Americans how to learn from the music of the folk heritage. In fact, that is his great contribution to music, the ability to understand and learn from indigenous and folk sources to make a durable and inspiring music from the bottom up.

Alexander Design Group, Inc..

The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is obviously happy, lush and sensual. And it is a music that should be shared. So as we gather to enjoy one another we are to be surrounded by music that has to rise up and fill the distance while the light comes streaming in from over.

JSL Exteriors Landscape Design/Build

Johann Sebastian Bach composed music that had unbelievable structure and order while it was also supple and light. Most importantly, it has the ability to make this amazing complexity from the simplest of themes, like simply combining a grid and an arch with sunlight and nature to make a distance of amazing richness.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Aaron Copland composed that which, to my mind, is the greatest American music of the 20th century. While rooted in the American experience, this music is joyous, optimistic and forward looking. It is a music that speaks to the wondrous landscape of America.


As with Copeland, Madison Avenue has done much to turn the works of George Gershwin to clichés. But no matter, these works embody what would become known as the American century. In what could only be described as symptomatic of so much of America, Gershwin so admired the French composers that he requested to study . Certainly he was able to beat the French at their own game but didn’t, unlike Frank Lloyd Wright, understand it.

Sagan / Piechota Architecture

The music of John Adams is reassuring and spiritual. While haunting, it achieves a familiarity that conveniences. As we sit in the edge of a new century and a new universe, all that nervous energy, those starts and fits, will give way to a calm and spiritual newness. Yes,”It is all good.”

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