Following the example of composers such as Charles Ives, who pursued composition while working outside the music world, Corey Field is a professionally trained composer who is better known as a prominent entertainment, media, and copyright attorney at his Los Angeles based law firm Corey Field Law Group, P.C.
Corey holds a B.A. in Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a D.Phil. (PhD) in music composition from the University of York, England. His music studies included one year at Edinburgh University, Scotland as part of the University of California Education Abroad program, and a summer at the Aspen Music Festival studying composition. In this early career as a professional composer, Corey had commissions, performances, broadcasts, recordings, and awards, including BBC Radio broadcasts, commissions funded by leading organizations including the Arts Council of Great Britain, premieres in venues including The Wigmore Hall, awards including two BMI Student Composer Awards, and recordings on independent record labels. Several early works including chamber, vocal, and choral works were published by Helicon Music Corporation, the United States affiliate of Schott Music International, and are available for purchase from Schott at:
Corey was also active as a music journalist, contributing articles and music reviews to publications including The Musical Times (London), Composer Magazine (London), NOTES (The Journal of the Music Library Association), Keynote Magazine, and newspapers including The Yorkshire Evening Press.
Corey subsequently entered the world of music business as the Vice President of European American Music Distributors Corporation, the United States joint venture of leading European music publishers Schott Music International and Universal Edition. During this period Corey worked with the entire international music community as a music publisher, and served as a board member of The Music Publishers Association of the United States in New York.
In order to further his publishing and copyright expertise, Corey attended law school simultaneously with his business career and holds a J.D. cum laude from Widener University School of Law. In 2001 he embarked upon a new career as a leading entertainment, media, and copyright attorney, author, and educator, first at a national law firm then at his own boutique firm, combining his unique practical entertainment industry experience with legal expertise. Corey represents entertainment industry clients worldwide and is Outside Counsel for the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival. He serves on music industry boards including the BMI Foundation, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, and Classical Radio KUSC, and is a former President of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (New York). He is an Adjunct Professor at USC Gould School of Law teaching entertainment and music law, and his textbook Entertainment Law Fundamentals and Practice is widely used in law schools and by practitioners. For more information on Corey's legal career and his book, please visit www.coreyfieldlaw.com and https://titles.cognella.com/entertainment-law-9781793512741
The Choral Symphony Trilogy:
Corey's renewed activity as a composer is in a newly simplified, accessible, melodic, and dramatic style aimed at broad audiences. His Choral Symphony Trilogy consists of the Shakespeare Symphony (2019, for Soprano, Baritone, SATB Chorus and Orchestra , 27 minutes); Hymn Symphony (2020, for SATB Chorus and Orchestra, 28 minutes); and Dreams Symphony (2020, for SATB Chorus and Orchestra, 29 minutes).
Each symphony in the trilogy follows a dramatic literary and musical arc arising from universal themes such as drama and human interaction (Shakespeare Symphony), shared dreams and visions (Dreams Symphony), and our relationship to things bigger than ourselves and the universe (Hymn Symphony).
The three choral symphonies may be performed separately, or together as a full evening work in the suggested order of Dreams Symphony; Hymn Symphony; Shakespeare Symphony.
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 4 for orchestra (2021) is a large symphonic work in four movements with a duration of ca. 34 minutes.
Mulholland Drive - for Orchestra
Duration ca. 12 1/2 minutes.
The Lake at Franklin Canyon - for Orchestra
Duration ca. 10 minutes.
Laurel Canyon - Overture for Orchestra
Laurel Canyon - Overture for Orchestra (2021) is an orchestral concert opener that was originally the untitled third movement of Symphony No. 4. Duration ca. 6 minutes.
Three Places in Los Angeles - for Orchestra
The three works titled The Lake at Franklin Canyon, Laurel Canyon, and Mulholland Drive may be performed together in that order under the title Three Places in Los Angeles. Duration ca. 29 minutes.
The Redemption of Thunder - for Orchestra
The Redemption of Thunder was originally the untitled fourth movement of Symphony No. 4. Duration ca. 10 minutes.
Alone With You - Piano Solo
Alone With You - Three pieces for solo piano, duration ca. 15 minutes.
The Trial of Benjamin Britten - for Tenor Solo, Horn and Strings
Dramatic Song Cycle in Nine Scenes, duration ca. 29 minutes.
The Eye of Heaven -Three Shakespeare Songs for SATB Chorus a Cappella
I: Orpheus With His Lute
II: Full Fathom Five
III: Sonnet 18
Duration ca. 10 minutes.
Corey founded First Leaf Music to self-publish his recent works. The name "First Leaf" is in homage to the "First Folio" 1623 printed edition of Shakespeare's works.