Patrick Hunt believes the perceived boundaries between academic subjects are too often arbitrary and artificial, and thus explores junctions between many intersecting areas of interest across the broader Humanities, sciences and the arts.
As a musician and composer, among classical music works, he has written piano, choral and chamber and orchestral music and is a Full Writer member of ASCAP since 1980 when some of his choral songs were published along with a movie score he composed.
In 1999, a Duke University musical group performed his SONGS OF EXILE: By the Rivers of Babylon in Washington, DC, Raleigh and at Duke.
Three arias from his opera in progress, BYRON IN GREECE, were performed in London in March, 2005 and in Switzerland in 2006 and his several William Blake poems set to choral music were performed at Stanford in February, 2005 and again in Palo Alto in 2007.
He had new concert recitals in 2010, and including another concert by Duke University's Eric Meyers and George Gopen again performing SONGS OF EXILE in Durham on October 24, 2010. He also had a radio concert broadcast in 2011 on KZSU Stanford.
In November, 2012, Patrick gave two solo music performances, one in Ephesus, Turkey, at the Roman Odeon of a flute piece, "Pegasus" and another instrumental premiere in Istanbul at the Byzantine 1001 Column Cistern, the "Dervish Dance" from his other opera in progress, SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT, where he accompanied a Sufi Whirling Dervish dancing to this music never before performed. It was recorded by Brazilian TV for impending broadcast in late 2012 - early 2013; a performance repeated in Istanbul in March of 2014.
ROYAL DANISH THEATER OPERA, COPENHAGEN
"Where Britten's Opera Departs and Returns: Roman Use of the Rape of Lucretia and Mythic Reuse" (154k .pdf) for the Royal Danish Opera, Britten's "Rape of Lucretia"
2008-2009 Production (December, 2008), Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen, Denmark
As a composer, Patrick studied music theory and applied music in his undergrad days (although his degrees were in other subjects). After some conservatory training he studied privately with Clara (Titelbaum) Dayton.
In the late 1920's Clara was at Juilliard in New York as an adolescent, where she studied with the maestro Alexander Siloti.
Siloti is pictured here with his teacher Franz Liszt, with whom Siloti studied and worked circa 1883-86 in Weimar during the time when this photo was taken. Siloti also studied at Moscow Conservatory where he later taught before emigrating to the US. Siloti's most famous pupil in Russia was Sergei Rachmaninoff. Siloti gave this personal autographed photo of Liszt and himself - datable to around 1886 - to his piano student Clara in 1929 in New York. The other photo is of Clara (Titelbaum) Dayton in her youth.
Alexander Siloti was also a harmony student of Tchaikovsky. Siloti's teacher Franz Liszt was a student of Carl Czerny, who was a student of Ludwig van Beethoven, who was a student of Franz Joseph Haydn and Christian Neefe, who was a student of Johann Hiller, a student of Gottfried Humilius, who was a student of J.S. Bach.