Paul Cravens (b. 1989, Hutchinson, Minn.) is an American composer.
Mr. Cravens has studied composition at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota - BM, 2012) with Daniel Breedon and Steven Makela, and at the University of New Hampshire (MA, 2016) with Andrew Boysen Jr.
Mr. Cravens specializes in concert music for large ensembles. His music is an intensely emotional experience, featuring strong, inevitable melodies supported by rich harmonies and lush orchestration. He crafts lean forms despite a penchant for longer works, seeking to make a profound statement with each and every phrase. His influences, while chronologically diverse, nevertheless combine to shape a fresh styling of classical music for the twenty-first century.
His magnum opus to date is his first symphony, which the UNH Wind Symphony premiered on May 4th, 2016, Dr. Boysen conducting. He currently resides in Dover, New Hampshire.
Works for Winds
- Elegy for a Joyful Heart (2013/2019)
- Gratitude (2012)
- Symphony No. 1 (2016)
- Tetra (2012)
- The Time That Is Given (2021)
- Toward a Dream of Tomorrow (2015)
- Paul Cravens website Accessed 22 November 2017