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.

"Baxter's compositional style is full of tradition as he steps out as an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques and developments of the Classical masters. Baxter is outstanding in his craftsmanship of meticulous structures that are adorned with deeply romantic motifs.
The ability for Baxter to create music that sounds and speaks naturally from such a vast array of instrumental colors is indicative of a true master."
Brice Boorman

"Baxter's compositions have a common theme of being immediately and intuitively accessible to the listener and that gives each piece the power to evoke sincere emotions with Baxter's impressive 'modern traditionalism'."
Adorjan Horvá

"Baxter has the ability to combine Romanticism with elements of 20th and 21st Century classical sounds. Baxter's music employs a unique system of melodies that are memorable through harmony that is tonal and expands the usual diatonic patterns. Baxter composes melodies that do not confirm themselves to outline major or minor triads. His compositions have elegance and a sense of adventure and that is what makes them so exciting to behold."
Sound in Review
Steven Miller

"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

"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

"I totally fell in love with the mix of traditional and modern styles, which blend together effortlessly."
Darren Rea

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

"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."
William Lee Ellis
Musicologist and former music critic for the Memphis Commercial Appeal

"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.

"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?

"Baxter knows how to shape lovely melodic lines and to cushion them within a warm harmonic framework."
Christopher Berg
Journal of Singing

"Baxter’s sumptuous, warm harmonies and clear-voiced melodies in the diverse instrumental and vocal settings presented create a most pleasant listening experience for any audience"
Emily Kerski

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