A Few General Quotes

For reviews and quotes on individual pieces, see works pages.

What a delight to hear Paterson’s recent music—a most impressive body of work. I find it exuberant and rhythmically vital music marked by energy and a wonderful sense of color.
— Joseph Schwantner, Composer, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music
[Paterson’s music] is both musically and emotionally effective. The variety of expression is most noteworthy and he really cares about the pitches. It is a pleasure to listen to his music...
— Samuel Adler, Composer, Professor Emeritus, The Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School
What I find most characteristic in your music is the energy... the stop and go motive cells and the great storytelling ability behind the music. “Sextet” & “Quintus” kept me hanging on to my chair for their unrelenting drive. “The Thin Ice....” has some very beautiful melodies and timbres. You communicated the icy objective (color) of the piece very well. “Embracing the Wind” is very attractive music and very French. The solemnity of “Elegy” makes it stand out as a unique piece in this collection. The recording quality of the CD and the musicians are excellent.
— William Ortiz Alvarado, Composer, Professor, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
Robert Paterson is the consummate musician and is fast establishing a position of excellence for himself in the music world.
— John H. Beck, Professor of Percussion Emeritus, Eastman School of Music
Vivid, imaginative, and with a direct, intelligent style. Rob Paterson is a composer that connects!
— Rebecca Gilbert, Principal Flute, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
...you gave me one of the best ‘composing for percussion’ what the hell were you thinking bitch slaps ever! Percussionists love playing my stuff now, and I owe some of it to you and your up front honesty.
— Scott Good, Composer & Trombonist, Composer-In-Residence, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Out of most six mallet music I have heard, yours seems to be the most musical, in the sense that it really concentrates on the music aspect, rather than the fact there are six mallets being used, and that is how it should be. I can’t wait to start playing them... the music is fantastic.
— Gillian Maitland, Marimba Soloist based in the United Kingdom