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National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music.

He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years.  Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano, and his setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005.

As a pianist Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris.  Cabaret songs, show tunes, and American popular songs of the 20th century have been their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings.  Their 25th album,  "Autumn Leaves," was released recently on White Pine Records. 

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World Premiere Publication: Night Pieces 

Edward B. Marks Music announces the world premiere publication of William Bolcom's Night Pieces (1960) for solo piano. Composed in 1960 while Bolcom was studying in Paris, Night Pieces is dedicated in honor of the wedding of his friend and fellow composer, David Chaitkin (1938-2011). Forthcoming on a new album of piano recordings on the Naxos label in late 2016.

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Jul9

Music of William Bolcom

Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Pianist Angela Draghicescu and guests come together to celebrate the music of William Bolcom. The program includes selected chamber music works such as the Duo Fantasy, Capriccio, Aubade, and the song cycle Let Evening Come.
Performers: Brian Lewis, Violin; Jacob Adams, Viola; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Cello; Kostas Tiliakos, Oboe; Linda Tsatsanis, Soprano; Angela Draghicescu, Piano

 

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