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Stephen Montague

(b. 1943)


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(b Syracuse, NY, 1943).

Amer. composer and pianist. In Warsaw on Fulbright schol. 1972–4. Settled in London 1974. Career as virtuoso pianist. Formed pf. duo 1985 with Philip Mead, touring Eur., N. Amer., and Scandinavia. Co‐founder of Electro‐Acoustic Music Assoc. of Great Britain. Was Florida junior college tennis champion. Works incl.:

ballets:

Into the Sun

, 4‐channel tape, perc., prepared pf. (1977);

MedianPrologueFrom the White Edge of Phrygia

(comprising and ) (1984);

The Montague Stomp

(1984).

orch.:

Voussoirs

, with elec. (1970–2);

Sound Round

, with elec. (1973);

At the White Edge of Phrygia

, chamber orch. (1983), for full orch. (1984);

Prologue

(1984); pf. conc. (1988);

Snakebite

, chamber orch. (1995);

How Slow the Wind

, v., chamber orch. (1995); pf. conc. (1997);

The Creatures Indoors

, narr., orch. (1997);

Snowscape: St Pölten

, str. (2001); fl. & hp. conc., chamber orch. (2002).

keyboard (some with tape):

Strummin'

, pf., str., lighting, tape (1974–81);

Tongues of Fire

, pf., elec., tape (1983–90);

Haiku

, pf., digital delay, tape (1987);

Behold a Pale Horse

, org. (1990);

After Ives …

, pf., tape, live elec. (1991–3);

Phrygian Tucket

, hpd., tape (1994);

Tsunami

, pf. (1997);

5 Easy Pieces

, pf. (1998–2002);

Dark Train Comin'

, hpd., tape (2001);

Toccare Incandescent

, org. (2003).

Also vocal and choral works; and many comps. for various chamber ens. (incl. 4 str. qts., 1989–2004), many of which use live elec. and tape.

Subjects: Music.


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