Elliott Schwartz


Elliott Schwartz (born 1936, New York City; passed 2016) studied composition with Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia University (AB 1957, MA ’58, Ed.D ’62). He also worked privately with Paul Creston. He is the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music at Bowdoin College, where he has taught since 1964, including twelve years as department chair; from 1988 to 1992 he also held a half-time Professorship of Composition at The Ohio State University School of Music. Visiting appointments have included Trinity College of Music, London (1967), the University of California/Santa Barbara (College of Creative Studies, 1970, ’73, ’74), the University of California/San Diego (Center for Music Experiment, 1978-79), and Distinguished University Visiting Professorship at The Ohio State University (1985-86). He spent the fall 1993 and spring 1999 terms at Cambridge University (UK) as holder of a visiting Fellowship at Robinson College. He has served as President of the College Music Society, National Chair of the American Society of University Composers (now renamed the Society of Composers, Inc.), Vice-President of the American Music Center, President of the Maine Composers Forum, and music panelist for the Maine Arts Council. He is presently a board member of the American Composers Alliance. Elliott Schwartz is co-editor of the anthology Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music, co-author of Music Since 1945, and the author of Electronic Music: A Listener’s Guide; The Symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Music: Ways of Listening. He has also written essays and reviews for Perspectives of New Music, The Musical Quarterly, Musical America, Music and Musicians (England), Nordic Sounds (Denmark) and other publications. His compositions are published by G.Schirmer-AMP, Keiser Classical, Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer and ACA. A number of his works are on Folkways, Advance, Orion, Arista and Opus One long-play records. There are also compact disc recordings of his music on the New World, CRI, Innova, Vienna Modern Masters, O.O. Discs, Capstone, North-South Consonance (Albany), Metier and GM labels. Schwartz is a member of BMI. In recent years his appearances as visiting composer/lecturer have included London, Amsterdam, Kyoto and Los Angeles, residencies at Bennington College, the University of Arizona and the University of Montana, North-South Consonance Series (New York), Museum of Modern Art Summergarden series (New York), the Musikinstitut of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the Netherlands National Youth Orchestra, and the ?Leningrad Spring? Festival (Russia). Recent premieres include De Ijskbreker (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Portland Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Francaise (New York), the University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Tivoli Trio of Denmark, the Donnell Library (New York), the International Double Reed festival (Rotterdam) the European Youth Orchestra Festival (Copenhagen), and the Pablo Casals Festival (France). Since 1999 his appearances include the Composers Concordance series (New York), Bar Harbor Music Festival, Longy School (Cambridge, MA), Butler University, Appalachia State University Festival, University of Miami Festival, Brooklyn and Queens Colleges of CUNY, Reykjavik Conservatory (Iceland), the Museum of Modern Art (Strasbourg, France). Visiting-Composer Residency at Oxford University (UK), 2004. ??


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