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Three Composers Selected to Receive Bush Artist Fellowships

Bush Foundation On May 1, 2001, the Bush Foundation announced the winners of the 2001 Bush Artists Fellowships (BAF). Fellowships were awarded to 15 artists in areas of music composition, film/video, literature, and scriptworks. Each fellow will receive $40,000 for a 12 to 18 month period. The winners in music composition were Brent Michael Davids […]

Anthony Gatto

Anthony GattoPhoto courtesy of the composer Composer Anthony Gatto was born and raised in Brooklyn. In May of 2001, he received his D.M.A. in composition from the Yale School of Music, where his teachers were Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, and Ezra Laderman. Dr. Gatto has also studied with Lukas Foss and Ornette Coleman. He has […]

Soundtracks: June 2001

For various periods of time since high school, I have found myself trying to “be” Asian, as silly as that may sound. I suppose that having grown up “above average” (to use Garrison Keillor’s words) and white in the ‘burbs, there is nothing unusual about that; many of my closest friends have been (and continue […]

Curtis Curtis-Smith

C. Curtis-Smith C. Curtis-Smith is a Washington-state native now teaching at Western Michigan University. He has received over a hundred grants, awards, and commissions in the course of his career, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitsky Prize at Tanglewood, and 23 consecutive Standard […]

1st American Composers Invitational at Cliburn Competition

Van Cliburn Foundation Original works by four American composers – C. Curtis-Smith, Lowell Liebermann, James Mobberley, and Judith Lang Zaimont – have been chosen by the competitors for possible performance during the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Each of the 12 contestants chosen for the semifinal round will be required to play one of […]

Lowell Liebermann

Lowell LiebermannPhoto by Linda Harris The Dallas Symphony Orchestra‘s composer-in-residence, Lowell Liebermann, submitted a set of Three Impromptus, Op. 68. The Three Impromptus were written to commemorate the centennial of Yaddo. Stephen Hough gave the premiere at Alice Tully Hall on May 4, 2000. The title refers back to Schubert, according to Liebermann, because the […]

Billy Higgins, Influential Jazz Drummer, Dies at 64

Billy HigginsPhoto by Dimitri Ianni Billy Higgins, one of the best-loved and most-recorded drummers in postwar jazz, died on May 3, 2001, at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, Calif. He had been in failing health and was awaiting his second liver transplant. He was 64 and lived in Los Angeles. “Billy Higgins was the drummer […]

James Mobberley

James MobberleyPhoto by Larry Levenson James Mobberley composed Give ‘em Hell! last year for the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Pianist Robert Weirich gave the premiere performance on March 19, 2000 as part of series celebrating music at the White House. Truman was well known as an amateur pianist and an […]

Robert Starer, Composer and Teacher, Dies at 77

Robert StarerPhoto courtesy of Sigma Alpha Iota Robert Starer, a respected composer of operas, ballets and many orchestral and instrumental works, and the author of two books on rhythm that are widely used by music students, died of heart failure on April 22 in Kingston, N.Y. He was 77. In a 1994 review of Starer’s […]

Judith Lang Zaimont

Judith Lang ZaimontPhoto courtesy of the composer Tennessee native Judith Lang Zaimont submitted a work entitled Impronta Digitale, an eight and a half minute perpetuum mobile in shifting compound meters. The tempo of the piece is marked 192 to the dotted eighth: “extremely fast,” according to the composer. A running pulse is interrupted only twice […]