Thomas Beversdorf


Thomas Beversdorf, 1924-1981. Composer, conductor, performer. Beversdorf received his Bachelor?s degree in music from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Masters? and Doctoral degrees from Eastman School of Music. He studied composition under Kent Kennan, Eric DeLemarter, Anthony Donato at UT; Bernard Rogers, Howard Hanson at Eastman; Aaron Copland and Arthur Honegger at Tanglewood; and Anis Fuleihan at Indiana University. Beversdorf was a member of the Pittsburgh and Houston symphonies, both as player and guest-conductor, and later taught at Indiana University from 1949-1980, heading both Composition and Brass Departments at the [now named] Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. His works tend to break boundaries and assumptions about the kind of music typical of each instrument, offering, for example robust and martial flute music and lyrical music for the tuba. Beversdorf?s music is regularly performed worldwide, and some pieces have become standard repertoire for their instruments.



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