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William Kraft

(b. 1923)


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(b Chicago, 1923).

Amer. composer and timpanist. Prin. timpanist Los Angeles PO 1955–81. Comp.‐in‐residence, Los Angeles PO 1981–5. Visiting Prof., Univ. of S. Calif., Los Angeles, 1988–90. Jazz‐influenced comps. incl.:

opera:

The Red Azalea

(1997–2002).

orch.:

sym., str., perc. (1961);

Concerto grosso

, vn., vc., fl., bn., orch. (1961); conc. for 4 perc., orch. (1966);

Configurations

, conc. for 4 perc., jazz orch. (1966);

Contextures: Riot‐Decade ’60

(1967); pf. conc. (1973);

Tintinnabulations: Collage No.3

(1974);

Andirivieni

, tuba, orch. (1978, rev. as tuba conc. 1979);

Double Play

, vn., pf., chamber orch. (1982); timp. conc. (1983);

Contextures II: The Final Beast

, sop., ten., chamber orch. (1984; for sop., ten., boys' ch., orch., 1986);

Interplay

(1984);

A Kennedy Portrait

, narr., orch. (1988);

Veils and Variations

, hn., orch. (1988);

Vintage 1990–91

(1990); conc. for 4 perc. and wind ens. (1995).

chamber music:

Nonet

, brass, perc. (1958);

Triangles

, perc., 10 instr. (1965–8);

In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky

, vn., pf. (1972–4);

In the Morning of the Winter Sea

, vc., perc. (1975);

Weavings

, str. qt., perc. (1984);

Mélange

, fl., cl., vn., vc., pf., perc. (1985);

Quartet for the Love of Time

, cl., vn., vc., pf. (1987);

Quartet for Percussion

(1988);

Cadeau

, fl., pf. (1992);

Brazen

, brass, timp., org. (1996).

percussion:

Theme and Variations

, perc. qt. (1956);

Suite

, 4 perc. (1958);

Encounters I

, perc., tape (1975);

Variations for King George

, timp. (1980).

Subjects: Music.


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