John Adams and Stanley Silverman Remember Leon Kirchner

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Leon Kirchner
Photo by Lisa Kirchner Courtesy G. Schirmer/AMP

Last week we reported the death of Leon Kirchner who was among the most honored American composers. Kirchner was also an important teacher for many composers. We asked John Adams, who studied with Kirchner at Harvard, and Stanley Silverman, who studied with Kirchner at Tanglewood and Mills, to share their memories.—FJO