Garth Baxter is noted as a modern traditionalist composer. This is a style that combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements. He has composed works for various performance mediums, ranging from intimate solo and small group settings to larger ensembles such as orchestra and concert band. His compositions have been performed around the world.

I feel Garth Baxter is evolving a very individual voice, combining old elements in new
and fascinating ways. I look forward to hearing more of his work in the future.
Paul Hurley, Soundboard Magazine, Summer, 1990,
from the article The Guitar in Song, The 20th Century.

When I listen to the music of Garth Baxter, I am struck by the beautiful, rhapsodic writing.
He has perfected the art of blending words with music, always with an emotional tug
that aims at the well-placed tear or triumph.
William Lee Ellis
Musicologist and former music critic for the Memphis Commercial Appeal

Garth Baxter has a genuine gift for lyricism, especially when it comes to writing for the voice!
-Judah Adashi, Composer

It is nice to see romanticism alive and well in the 21st Century in the music of Garth Baxter.
-Andrew Stewart, Pianist

Garth Baxter possesses a passionate and lyrical voice. His music is clear, direct, and emotionally honest; these qualities are heard and felt regardless of the medium for which he is writing. It is always a pleasure to hear a new work from him.
-Ronald Pearl, Guitarist and Composer

If Brahms composed in the 21st Century this is how his music would sound.
-Glenn Angus, violinist (on hearing From the Headwaters by Garth Baxter)

I want to thank you for posting Drummer Hodge on YouTube. This lovely combination of
Thomas Hardy’s words, the charged music of Garth Baxter and powerful visuals make
this a most delightful work for us all to enjoy.
-Julia Potter, Artist, UK

If I had a flair for writing, this would be what I wrote.
-Amber Rose Moss, flutist, Great Britain, commenting on The Silver Run

There are no words to describe the emotions I feel in this piece, which I feel is one of Garth's best. No truer notes of love have ever been spoken and none have pierced my heart so. Don't speak; only listen to notes so true as to never have known language at all, but have soared through the heart's center. The heart's desire. My heart's desire.
-Lea Johnson, Pianist, commenting on Could You Dream What I Dream?

In "To Aegir", Baxter melds together the worlds of the atonal and tonal. By combining aspects of 12 tone music with more traditional tonal languages, he creates a world that is sometimes lyrical and romantic, sometimes sharply angular and tense, but always driving forward, full of color and emotional expression. The music commands its own definition of what it considers consonant and dissonant. It is a successful example of how old and new musical languages and styles can co-exist within the framework of a single piece of music.
-Kevin Shannon of the Atlantic Guitar Quartet

"In listening to Lily, I felt privileged to hear beautiful, powerful music, with a heart-wrenching tale of love, heartbreak, and despair. What an honor and a rich and intense experience!"
-Katherine Keem, Soprano

"There are many lovely things on this recording of songs by Garth Baxter about loss and memory and of marrying words to music. Most are sad, and the composer's idiom is simple, straightforward, old-fashioned romantic, but in each Baxter's ear for matching the rhythm and sense of the verse quickly allows him to identify the central point of emotional interest at which his inspiration and the singer's art intersect."
Laurence Vittes
Gramophone Magazine, May 2018

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