The many sides of Kernis as a composer and man are beautifully illuminated in this biography. His success began early and has continued to grow hand in hand with his blossoming musical language; this inspiring portrait is a window into Kernis' musical process, revealing relationships between his works and his life.
With each new work and new recording, Kernis solidifies his position as the most important traditional-minded composer of his generation. Others may be exploring musical frontiers more restlessly, but no one else is writing music quite this vivid or powerfully direct.
— San Francisco Chronicle
- Get to know the music and the man in this fascinating account of Aaron Jay Kernis
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- Listen to many of Kernis' compositions as a companion to the book
University of Illinois Press online supplement
- Read Frank Oteri's extensive recent interview with Kernis on the occasion of the biography's release