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. 



Bolcom's Band Repertoire Increases  

Marks Music is pleased to announce the availability of a new band transcription of the William Bolcom orchestral work, Inventing Flight. The splashy 3-movement work, commissioned for the 2003 Centennial of Flight celebrations by the Dayton and North Carolina Symphonies, and little performed since, is something of a revelation in this transcription for band by Dr. Jason Nam, who is a visiting professor and assistant director of bands at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

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More praise for McTeague in Linz 

Neues Volksblatt, 2/8/2016 
"...oscillating between dazzling expressionism and tender melody." 

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, 2/8/2016 
"Blunt musical idioms of jazzy ragtime changed into dazzling sounds of the spheres." 

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