Internationally-recognized composer and Hobart and William Smith Colleges alum Justin Busch ’81 has been featured on his first CD, released in June. The CD features the world premiere recordings of Busch’s song sequence “Destiny and Desire,” as well as “Sechs Lieder” by Anton Rubinstein, and works by mezzo-soprano Laura Nichols and pianist Yvette Guillaume. Composing in various styles, Busch explained, “The duty of the composer is to create honestly,” which he does by “imagining a combination of instrumental colors.”
Using this method, Busch has composed works for large and small orchestras, string quartets, choral ensembles, dance groups and more. Listing his influences as everyone from Alfred Hitchcock and Ingmar Bergman to H.G. Wells and Jean-Paul Sartre, his musical roots have been most influenced by composers Anton Rubinstein and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Busch is the founder of the Rubinstein Society, dedicated to fostering interest in the life, writing and music of the great Russian composer and pianist.
At HWS, Busch majored in philosophy; he also holds degrees from Old Dominion University and Queens’ College, and has taught philosophy, history and music history at various colleges and universities.
Busch has won several composition contests, including The Anchorage Flute Society’s annual competition and a contest held by Zeitgeist, a music ensemble in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also a successful writer, Busch has been published in hundreds of books and journals covering music, film and philosophy and is currently working on a fantasy novel. His new CD is available for purchase at the College Store.