Andrew Norman is rhapsodizing over Frank Gehry‘s house in Santa Monica, where a few months ago Norman was given what the famous architect calls “the full Monty,” a tour inside and out, accompanied by ample commentary from Gehry and his wife, Berta.
“It has a quality which is almost sort of punk, iconoclastic and in-your-face,” the 35-year-old composer says with earnest wonderment. “And when you get inside the house, it’s incredibly luminous and spacious and whimsical and really lovely.”
As opposed, say, to what one encounters chez Norman.
The house where the composer recently finished “Frank’s House,” a 10-minute musical evocation of the Gehry residence that the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will premiere Feb. 5, is actually quite nice. The midcentury modern home in El Sereno on L.A.’s Eastside is perched on a hill, where it basks in bright light and commands attractive views. But what Norman has made of it lately is a flat-out mess. Or, more precisely, a sharps and flats-out mess.
“I compose in a very messy way, as you can see,” he says as he gives the four-fifths Monty tour, leaving out the bedroom. ….