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WILLIAM BOLCOM

Named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America, William Bolcom is a composer of cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas, symphonies, and much more. He was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Twelve New Etudes for piano.

Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973–2008. Named a full professor in 1983, he was Chairman of the Composition Department from 1998 to 2003 and was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in the fall of 1994. He retired from teaching in 2008. Prior to 1973, he taught at the University of Washington, Queens Brooklyn Colleges of the City University of New York, and New York University’s Tisch College of the Arts. He maintains an active career as a piano soloist, accompanist (primarily with his wife, mezzosoprano Joan Morris), and composer. His recording credits are vast and he has written numerous books and articles on music and musicians. His list of awards, fellowships and grants is extensive and includes admittance to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Medal of Arts.

Born in Seattle in 1938, Bolcom’s early musical exposure to the wind ensemble as a vehicle for the performance of serious repertoire was limited, at best. A student of Darius Milhaud in his early adulthood, Bolcom took more interest in his teacher’s songs and chamber music than his foray into the band repertoire (the well-known Suite française). Indeed, as has been the case with many composers only familiar with the orchestral repertoire, Bolcom relates that his initial attitude towards the wind ensemble was quite jaded.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BOLCOM: Songs Naxos
8.559249
Vocal
CLASS OF '38 Naxos
8.572087
Interview
EXPLORE AMERICA Naxos
8.559187
Instrumental
MCKAY: Suite for Viola and Piano / My Tahoe Window / An April Suite Naxos
8.559143
Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC - PERSICHETTI, V. / SCHUMAN, W. / BOLCOM, W. / FINE, I. / FOSS, L. (University of Texas Chamber Singers) Naxos
8.559358
Choral - Secular
Artist Profile Series - VAN RAAT, Ralph Naxos
8.578026
Chamber Music
BOLCOM / BRITTEN: Cabaret Songs BIS
BIS-CD-1154
Vocal
BOLCOM, W.: Gospel Preludes, Books 1-4 (Hand) Naxos
8.559695
Instrumental
BOLCOM: Music for Two Pianos Naxos
8.559244
Instrumental, Chamber Music
BOLCOM: Songs Naxos
8.559249
Vocal
BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience Naxos
8.559216-18
Choral - Secular
BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience Naxos
5.110083-84
Choral - Secular
BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience Naxos
8.559216-18
Choral - Secular
BOLCOM: Symphony No. 1 / Symphony No. 3 / Seattle Slew Orchestral Suite First Edition
FECD-0033
Orchestral
BOLCOM: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 Naxos
8.559150
Chamber Music
BOLCOM: Works for Cello (Complete) Naxos
8.559348
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
CLASS OF '38 Naxos
8.572087
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Levingston, Bruce - PART, A. / SATIE, E. / GROSS, A. / SCHUBERT, F. / CHOPIN, F. / BOLCOM, W. / GROSS, A. (Still Sound) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92148
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Lewin, Michael - NIEMANN, W.R. / LYAPUNOV, S.M. / GRIEG, E. / TAUSIG, C. / MEDTNER, N. / DVORAK, A. (Piano Phantoms) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92168
Instrumental
Piano Trios - KRAMMER, G. / WOOLRICH, J. / YE, X.G. / DODERER, J. / NDODANA-BREEN, B. / SANCHEZ-VERDU, J. (Dedicated to Haydn) (Haydn Trio Eisenstadt) Capriccio
C7020
Chamber Music
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Choral - Secular
Violin Recital: Fain, Tim - PUTS, K. / GLASS, P. / KERNIS, A.J. / ZHURBIN, L. / DANIELPOUR, R. / BOLCOM, W. / HIGDON, J. (River of Light) Naxos
8.559662
Chamber Music
Wind Band Music - TICHELI, F. / BASSETT, L. / BOLCOM, W. (Angels in the Architecture) (MTSU Wind Ensemble, Thomas) Naxos
8.572732
Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Role: Arranger 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
BOLCOM: Music for Two Pianos Naxos
8.559244
Chamber Music





 
 
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