Monday, February 6, 2023

Interview With Classical Composer And Author Tina Davidson


1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book?

As part of my composing process, I have always written every day in my journal.  As I turned my focus to writing this memoir, I wanted to share my artistic composing process as well as the strange story of my life – where I had, until I 21 lived in one reality, and after that in another reality.  There is some parallel with my artistic life – which, for me, is having two realities – the one of my daily life -- and the one of my composing life. 

2. What is it about and who is it for?

My book is for readers who are drawn to:

·       humorous and tender family and travel stories 

·       intrigued by journal writing

·       curious about the artistic process

·       eager for journeys of personal and spiritual growth

·       balancing life as a mother and having a career

3. What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it?

Marked by absence,” Davidson writes, “I was, in the end, found by love. Love is remarkable and durable.  Even love lost, love squandered, or love interrupted—it stands by you, silent and strong, until you discover the source. Love is what I stumble on, in the dark, in the half-light, in the glare of the morning rising, in the sweet clearness of the afternoon, and in the blue grey mist of the setting sun.” 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

The title of the memoir comes from what I have learned over time is to let your heart be broken.  

“The heart, the round sphere of your being. Let your heart be broken. Allow, expect, look forward to. The life that you have so carefully protected and cared for. Broken, cracked, rent in two. Heartbreakingly, your heart breaks, and in the two halves, rocking on the table, is revealed rich earth. Moist, dark soil, ready for new life to begin.” 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

I can only share what I do for myself – honor my work, give myself dedicated time and space to work, and value the creative process in others – say yes to myself and others.  

6. What challenges did you overcome to write this book?

I was challenged on how to write about my life while balancing privacy of other with the truth of my story.   

7. How would you describe your writing style?

A bit like my music – melodic, energetic, quiet, humorous, contemplative, raucous, honest, spiritual and evolving.  

8. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

Let Your Heart Be Broken, Life and Music of a Classical Composer is an exploration of ways to live while dealing with the heart-break of personal tragedy, artistic creation, and an evolving sense of self, as a woman, a mother and an artist.   

About The Author:  Opera News describes Tina Davidson’s music as, “transfigured beauty,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that she writes “real music, with structure, mood, novelty and harmonic sophistication – with haunting melodies that grow out of complex, repetitive rhythms.” Over her forty-five-year career, Davidson has been commissioned by well-known ensembles such as National Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, Roanoke Symphony, VocalEssence, Kronos Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, public television (WHYY-TV) and Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn. Davidson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up in Oneonta, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BA in piano and composition. She currently lives in central Pennsylvania. For more information, please see:


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