WHAT PEOPLE SAY
BECKY BALL, THE OAK RIDGER
Praise be to new young composers. Fogarty...was on hand to receive a well-earned ovation for her marvelous score .... Her instrumentations were clever, original. She has a rare talent for program music. Sometimes it was just a shift in rhythm or a solo instrument popping out of the mix that created moods — dark, sassy, dreamy, lighthearted and dramatic — but make no mistake, her accompaniments to the six songs have as much personality as the lyrics, and that’s without facial expressions.
KURT KNECHT, COMPOSER
There is a clear sense of craft in her music. She writes beautifully for the voice, but seems equally comfortable writing for instruments. There is an emotional immediacy in her writing that is very attractive, but when you scratch the surface, there is great depth. Her music tends toward tonality, but it is not the tonality of a composer trapped in a prison. It is someone who is informed by the tradition that has discovered her own vocabulary without simply imitating.
I see an imagery and philosophy in the text of 'I Sang for Joy' that truly represents SACRA/PROFANA and it's a piece that I believe we can add our definition to and make our own. I love the piece and I love Rachel Fogarty's sound. I think she writes really beautiful music.