The Composer As Intellectual Populist

There may not be a more iconic composer of our era than Osvaldo Golijov, whose works have become some of the most sought after in the classical music world. “As impressive as the level of success Golijov has achieved is how he has done it. The composer, who teaches at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., has managed to create works that are uncompromisingly sophisticated yet speak to listeners with little or no classical background.”