William Elden Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer and pianist. Events 451 - The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place Year 1938 ( MCMXXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers He has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, three Grammy Awards, and the Detroit Music Award. The Pulitzer Prize, ˈpʊlɨtsɚ PULL-it-sər is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in Newspaper journalism, The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences The Detroit Music Awards, which date back to 1988, are presented by the Motor City Music Foundation in recognize Detroit -area musicians of all types Bolcom is a professor of music composition at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ( U of M, U-M, UM or simply Michigan) is a top-ranked Coeducational public research He is married to mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Joan Morris Mezzo-soprano, is one half of the famous Musical duo of Bolcom and Morris
Bolcom was born in Seattle, Washington. Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. At the age of 11, he entered the University of Washington to study composition privately with George Frederick McKay and John Verall and piano with Madame Berthe Poncy Jacobson. See Washington (disambiguation for other uses The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research University Musical composition is an original piece of Music the structure of a musical piece the process of creating a new George Frederick McKay ( June 11, 1899 – October 4, 1970) was a prolific modern American Composer born in Harrington, The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers He later studied with Darius Milhaud at Mills College while working on his Master of Arts degree, with Leland Smith at Stanford University while working on his D. Darius Milhaud (darjys mijo (September 4 1892 &ndash June 22 1974 was a French Composer and teacher Mills College is an independent liberal arts women's college founded in 1852 that offers Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in M. A. , and with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire, where he received the 2éme Prix de Composition. Olivier Messiaen ( December 10 1908 &ndash April 27 1992 was a French Composer, organist and ornithologist. The Conservatoire de Paris is an institution of higher education that has played an important role in the development of Music in France and Western Europe
Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano. In the fall of 1994, he was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan, a position which he still holds. Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ( U of M, U-M, UM or simply Michigan) is a top-ranked Coeducational public research In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the Congress of the United States in 1984 for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts
His notable students include John Anthony Lennon. John Anthony Lennon (b Greensboro, North Carolina, 1950) is an American composer of Contemporary classical music based in Georgia
As a pianist, Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with Joan Morris. Bolcom and Morris have recorded twenty albums together, beginning with After the Ball, a collection of popular songs from around the turn of the 20th century. Their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings are showtunes and popular songs from the early 20th century, and cabaret songs (often from failed musicals).
Bolcom's setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, a three-hour work for soloists, choruses, and orchestra culminated 25 years of work on the piece. William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 was an English poet, painter, and Printmaker. Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of Poetry by the English Poet and painter Its premiere at the Stuttgart Opera in 1984 was followed by performances in Ann Arbor, Chicago's Grant Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, St. Louis, Carnegie Hall, and London's Royal Festival Hall, the latter performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. Ann Arbor is a city in the US state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Brooklyn Academy of Music ( BAM) is a major performing arts venue in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde Carnegie Hall (generally ˌkɑrnɨgi ˈhɔːl is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Royal Festival Hall is a concert dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London, England. WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> Leonard Edward Slatkin (born September 1 1944 is an American In 2006, a recording of it won 3 Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance, Best Classical Contemporary Composition, and Best Classical Album on Naxos Records. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Naxos Records is a Record label for classical music Compact discs and DVDs Founded in 1987 by Klaus Heymann, a
His opera, A View from the Bridge, with libretto by Arthur Miller and Arnold Weinstein, was premiered October 9, 1999, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto A View from the Bridge is a play by Arthur Miller originally produced as a one-act Verse drama on Broadway in 1955 Arthur Asher Miller (October 17 1915 &ndash February 10 2005 was an American Playwright and Essayist. Arnold Weinstein (1927-2005 was an American playwright and librettist best known for his collaborations with composer William Bolcom, including the operas McTeague Events 768 - Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned Kings of The Franks. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading Opera companies in the United States. He has also composed works for solo wind instruments such as Concert Suite for alto saxophone and band, composed for University of Michigan professor Donald Sinta in 1998. The alto saxophone is a member of the Saxophone a family of Woodwind instruments invented by Adolphe Sax. A musical ensemble is a group of two or more Musicians who perform instrumental or vocal Music. Donald Sinta (b June 16 1937, Detroit, Michigan) is an American classical saxophonist, educator and administrator
Bolcom's other works include eight symphonies (he is planning a ninth), a number of piano rags (some written in collaboration with William Albright), and four volumes of cabaret songs which have recently been revived by Michelle and David Murray, another husband-and-wife performing duo. A symphony is a Musical composition, often extended and usually for Orchestra. Ragtime (alternately spelled Rag-time) is an American musical genre which enjoyed its peak popularity between 1897 and 1918 William Albright ( October 20, 1944 — September 17, 1998) was an American Composer, pianist and organist He composed his concerto "Gaea for Two Pianos Left Hand, and Orchestra" for Gary Graffman and his close friend Leon Fleisher, both of whom have suffered from debilitating problems with their right hands. Gary Graffman (born 14 October 1928) is a classical Pianist, teacher of piano and music administrator Leon Fleisher (born July 23, 1928) is an American pianist and conductor. It received its first performance in Baltimore in April 1996. The concerto is constructed in such a way that it can be performed in one of three ways, with either piano part alone with reduced orchestra, or with both piano parts and the two reduced orchestras combined into a full orchestra. This challenging structure mimics that of a similar three-in-one work by his teacher Milhaud.
VocalEssence celebrated the music of William Bolcom with a two-week festival in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota in April 2007. A View from the Bridge is a play by Arthur Miller originally produced as a one-act Verse drama on Broadway in 1955 A Wedding is a comic Opera based on Robert Altman's 1979 film A Wedding and was composed by William Bolcom with a libretto written Saint Paul ( abbreviated St Paul) is the capital and second most populous city in the U Nine different performances and a number of master classes were part of the festival. Master Class is a play by Terrence McNally, with incidental music by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, and Vincenzo Bellini. The spotlight performance was of Bolcom's setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, performed in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis with over 400 musicians performing under projections of Blake's accompanying artwork.