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Currie, Russell

Elise Kirk

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b North Arlington, NJ, April 3, 1954). American composer of Scottish descent. He studied at Brooklyn College, CUNY (BA 1981) and the Eastman School of Music (MA 1996), where his composition teachers included Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, David Liptak and Warren Benson. In 1988 he founded ORRA to produce and develop contemporary music and interdisciplinary arts projects. He has served as coordinator of the Eastman School’s composition programmes (1994–5), and as composer-in-residence with the Rochester PO (1992–4), the Ribchester Festival of Music and Art (1995) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (1995). His honours include the George Washington Corner Book Prize (1993) and the ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship for music theatre (1994).

Currie’s music, written in predominantly tonal idioms, features flowing melodic lines, periodic dissonance and rich and colourful orchestration. Several of his works are inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. These include his trilogy of chamber operas, ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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