I grew up in Colorado and have always found inspiration in the abstract beauty of the terrain, colors, climate and wonder of that place, from the plains, to the front range, to the western slope. To my thinking, listening to music in its most pure, abstract form, offers a similar and equally profound experience. It is this pure form and experience that I strive to create in my music. To that end, I focus much of my creativity on melodic line, counterpoint, color and clarity of form.
My creative work also embraces themes of time, perception and remembrance. I am fascinated by the many ways time is perceived in music and how our remembrance of places and moments are tied to music. My work also explores combining and juxtaposing both traditional and experimental ideas in new meaningful ways.
Most recently, I have turned my attention to creating interactive works involving performers and computers. In these works I create performance environments that intensify improvisational and interpretive music making.
Reviews and Comments
Encounters...with the Music of Our Time
“...the "single-movement sonatina" created a sense of time and occasion that effectively drew the listeners into its sonic world.”
--John Lambert, Raleigh Spectator
NCSA audience introduced to blending of electronic music, live performances
“...Rothkopf's Haiku Songs blended Teresa Radomski's rich soprano voice with Robert Listokin's impeccably produced tones on the clarinet and a tape score of remarkable sensuousness.”
--Robert Workmon, Winston-Salem, Journal
Composers' new works
“...Whispering, hushed, solemn textures are interspersed with silences into an arresting sound picture.”
--Mitchell S. Klein, Palo Alto Times
“...Rothkopf’s handling of instrumental and electronic materials shows a high degree of virtuosity and his work is significant for two reasons: his music represents an evolution in the aesthetic possibilities of combining instruments and electronics, while at the same time he has developed technical solutions significant for the genre. His music is imaginative and original, and his interactive compositions are situated at the frontier where art and technology meet."
--Cort Lippe, Composer, Director - Hiller Computer Music Studios, University at Buffalo-SUNY
“…Lyric” proved to be a beautiful work containing many expressive musical details in both the cello writing and in the electronic realization. Seemingly disparate musical forces came together creating a convincing, unified composition. Careful attention to phrasing musical gestures –a distinctive feature in Rothkopf’s music –was in complete evidence here.”
--Arthur V. Kreiger, Sylvia Pasternack Marx Professor of Music, Connecticut College