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Curtis Curtis-Smith

(b. 1941)


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(b Walla Walla, Wash., 1941).

Amer. composer, pianist, and teacher. Began career as recitalist and soloist with orchs. 1968. Koussevitzky Prize 1972. Invented ‘piano bowing’, i.e. drawing fishing‐line across str. of pf. to produce single and clustered pitches. Works incl. fl. sonata (1963); 3 str. qt. (1964, 1965, 1980); Pianacaglia, pf. (1967); Rhapsodies, pf. (1973); Winter Pieces, chamber orch. (1974); (Bells) Belle de Jour, pf., orch. (1974–5); Unisonics, alt. sax., pf. (1976); Music for Handbells, 10 players (1976–7); Tonalities, cl., perc. (1978); Plays and Rimes, brass quintet (1979); The Great American Symphony (GAS!), orch. (1981); The Great American Guitar Solo (GAGS!) (1982); Ragmala (a Garland of Ragas), gui., str. qt. (1983); Songs and Cantillations, gui., orch. (1983); Chaconne à son goût, orch. (1984); Sardonic Sketches, ww. quintet (1986); ‘… Float Wild Birds, Sleeping’, orch. (1988); and some vocal pieces.

Subjects: music.


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