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Milton Babbitt

(b. 1916) American composer and mathematician


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(b Philadelphia, 1916; d Princeton, N.J., 2011).

Amer. composer and mathematician. On staff at Princeton from 1938, becoming Conant Prof. of Mus. His comps. developed from the 12‐note system of Schoenberg and Webern, later employing elec. devices such as synthesizers and tape. Author of articles and monographs on Bartók qts., elec. mus., Varèse, and Schoenberg. Works incl.:

orch.:

Relata III

(1965), (1968);

Concerti

, vn., orch., tape (1974–6); pf. conc. No. 1 (1985), No. 2 (1998).

chamber music:

Composition for 4 instruments

(1948); str. qts.: No.1 (1950), No.2 (1954), No.3 (1969–70), No.4 (1970), No.5 (1982), No. 6 (1993); ww. qt. (1953);

Groupwise

, 7 instrs. (1983);

Sheer Pluck

, gui. (1984);

The Joy of More Sextets

(1986);

Beaten Paths

, marimba (1988);

The Crowded Air

, 11 instrs. (1988); pf. qt. (1995); cl. quintet (1996);

Swan Song

, 6 instrs. (2002).

choral:

Music for the MassCanons

(1941); 4 (1969);

More Phonemena

(1977);

Glosses

, boys' choir (1988).

piano:

3 Compositions

(1947);

Partitions

(1957);

Post‐Partitions

(1966);

Reflections

, with tape (1974);

Playing for Time

(1983);

Envoi

, pf. 4 hands (1990);

Tutte le corde

(1994).

electronic:

Composition for Synthesizer

(1961);

Philomel

, sop., recorded sop., and syn. (1964);

Correspondences

, string orch. and syn. (1967);

Phonemena

, sop. and tape (1974);

Images

, sax., tape (1979).

Subjects: Music.


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