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Charles Wuorinen

(b. 1938)


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(b NY, 1938).

Amer. composer, conductor, and pianist. Taught at Columbia 1964–71 and Mannes Coll. from 1971. Co‐founder Group for Contemp. Mus., 1962. Prolific composer of works in many genres, incl. elec. Tonal up to c.1960, then 12‐note technique as propounded by Babbitt. Works incl. 8 syms. (1950–2006); Symphonia sacra; Evolutio transcripta, chamber orch. (1961); Octet; 4 pf. concs. (1966, 1971 (amp.), 1983, 2003); 4 chamber concs.; str. trio; Time's Encomium (elec., 1969); Contrafactum, orch. (1969); cantata A Message to Denmark Hill (1970); 4 str. qts. (1971, 1979, 1987, 2000); tuba conc.; masque The Politics of Harmony (1968), conc., amplified vn.; The W. of Babylon (1975), baroque burlesque, 8 soloists, narr., orch.; sym., 24 perc. (1976); pf. sonata No.2 (1976); Rhapsody, vn., orch. (1985); Sonata, vn., pf. (1988); Genesis, ch., orch. (1989); Missa brevis (1991); pf. quintet (1994); brass quintet (1999); Haroun and the Sea of Stories, opera (2001); Fifty‐Fifty, 2 pf. (2002); Duo Sonata, fl., pf., No.1 (1960), No.2 (2004); Flying to Kahani, pf., orch. (2005); Theologoumena, orch. (2005).

Subjects: Music.


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