What the critics have said (about Douglas Anderson’s compositions)

about the orchestral piece In Memoriam on the Parma album Sparks: Miniature Works for Orchestra:

“…a warm string sound with delicate wind and brass lines floating through the texture in this moving work.”

Steven Kennedy- Cinemusical 1/18/2017

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album cover chamber symphonies 2 3 4

about the CD Douglas Anderson Chamber Symphonies 2, 3, & 4: 

“With this album, Anderson makes his debut on the Ravello label with a musical offering of big sounds through small instrumental chamber groups; timbre, sonorous atmospheres and harmonic richness become the protagonists of the solid ideas of the American composer…

What the composer achieves is to give a new thrust to the chamber symphony genre, almost an homage…The lyricism, the freshness, the color of Anderson’s atonal compositions are elegant; and with their sensitivity they invite us to live intimate moments, to think and reflect…”

-Marçal Borotau-Sonograma.org-1/29/2016


“…all three works display an essential melodic coherence, the salient features of the rows remaining recognizable throughout the repetitions and variations Anderson has them undergo. One side effect of this transparency is a remarkable clarity of line, which is also facilitated by the small sizes of the ensembles—two trios and a quartet.

…as these three works show, the creative application of serial method can produce music that, no less than tonal music, reveals its structures on its surfaces. Beyond their intrinsic value, Anderson’s chamber symphonies demonstrate the continued relevance of serial and serial-based composition for the creation of profoundly melodic, polyphonic works.”

-Daniel Barbiero-Avant Music News 2/8/16


“Douglas Anderson manages to create works that make a nod to the early modernist period yet sound thoroughly current and original. They are invigorating and yes, coherent in the best ways. “

“What in the end matters for us is the impact the music makes on us as listeners. And it is that which stands out. This is music of vitality and charm, a lyrical quality and long, intrinsically interesting melodic part writing.”

“They are filled with invention and do indeed hold together nicely.”…“The performances are excellent.”…“I recommend this volume strongly.”…“They are well worth your time.”

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review-1/7/2016


“…skillful… engaging…a focus on the sound world within which each of the instruments exists – a world that … Anderson often seeks to expand beyond its traditional boundaries. Anderson gives the performers … numerous opportunities for solo display.”



“…rhythmic fluidity of speech and elegance of contrapuntal texture, sometimes dense but still intelligible… Excellent interpretative performances by the ensembles that alternate in the performances, namely Eight Strings & A Whistle and di.vi.sion.”

Kathodik.it– 6/14/2016


About Medea in Exile:

“The opera [is] just under an hour of unremitting intensity…Anderson’s music is expressive and vigorous, forcefully reflecting the drama at hand, and full of orchestral color and variety.  Chamber opera companies, wherever you may be, tune in.”

Shirley Fleming in American Record Guide-November/December, 2000.


About Faust Triumphant:

“As a composer, his skill was evident…Mr. Anderson’s spirited score plus Mr. Joffe’s inventive libretto captured (in a scant ten minutes!) a deliciously witty and sophisticated variation of [Faust’s] story.”