WILLIAM ALBRIGHT (1944 - 1998)
The American composer, pianist and organist William Albright studied composition with Ross Lee Finney and George Rochberg and the organ with Marylin Mason at the University of Michigan, continuing his musical development with Olivier Messiaen in Paris before returning to a teaching position at the University of Michigan. During his career he was the recipient of many awards and honours.
Albright is an important figure among composers for the organ in the later 20th century. His works include compositions for organ and orchestra, three Organbooks, as well as music for piano that makes use of ragtime—a feature of his work as a performer.