I feel Garth Baxter is evolving a very individual voice, combining old elements in
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
Thomas Hardy’s words, the charged music of Garth Baxter and powerful visuals
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