Julian Anderson: The Stations of the Sun

The LPO's new composer in residence, Julian Anderson, talks about composing The Stations of the Sun, the challenge of writing melody in the 21st century, and his approach to collaboration. (January 2011)

Julian Anderson is the London Philharmonic Orchestra's new Composer in Residence. Before a performance of his 1998 work The Stations of the Sun, Julian spoke to broadcaster Christopher Cook about his plans for the residency, learning through collaboration and the challenges of writing melodies in the 21st century. In the second half of the talk he reveals some of the inspirations and structures he used when composing The Stations of the Sun.