Christopher Montgomery‘s many settings of texts include the Orphic Hymns and poetry by Ovid, John Clare, William Blake, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Keith Waldrop and numerous other 20th century poets. Recent works include Callisto, an opera-oratorio with Latin text from Ovid’s Metamorphoses; Mindworlds, three songs on poems of Wallace Stevens; Of Jean Renaud, variations on a French folk song for string quartet; and Grasping the Present, a piece for solo cello. His composition teachers were Stefan Wolpe in New York City and Rogers Sessions at Princeton University, where he received an M.F.A. He has lived for many years in Middletown, Conn., where he served as music cataloger and music librarian at Wesleyan University. He retired from Wesleyan in 1996 and now devotes himself full-time to composition. In 2005, he received a Connecticut Artist Fellowship to produce Callisto.
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