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Kremenliev, Boris

W. Thomas Marrocco

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.15511

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(b Razlog, Bulgaria, May 23, 1911; d Los Angeles, April 25, 1988). American composer and ethnomusicologist. He came to the USA in 1929 and studied at DePaul University, Chicago (BM 1936, MM 1938), with Howard Hanson at the Eastman School (PhD 1942), and with Harris (composition) and Altschuler (conducting). During 1945–6 he was music director of the South German radio network; later he was appointed professor of composition at UCLA, from which he retired in 1978. He experimented with electronics and other new compositional resources, but then returned to a simpler style, colourful, rhythmically intense, terse and texturally unconventional; a shared cultural background led to some similarity with the music of Bartók. As an ethnomusicologist he concentrated on the folk music of Bulgaria and on Slav music in general. He has written a book, Bulgarian-Macedonian Folk Music (Berkeley, 1952), and many articles including several on 20th-century music. Kremenliev received grants from the American Philosophical Society (...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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