Martin Bresnick

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Martin Bresnick (born 1946) is a composer of contemporary classical music, film scores and experimental music.

Education and early career[edit]

Bresnick was born and raised in the Bronx,[1] and is a graduate of New York City's specialized High School of Music and Art. He was educated at the University of Hartford (B.A. '67), Stanford University (M.A. '68, D.M.A. '72), and the Akademie für Musik, Vienna ('69-'70),[2] and studied composition with John Chowning, Gyorgy Ligeti and Gottfried von Einem. He went on to teach at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University and the Yale School of Music.[3]

Career[edit]

As a professor at Yale, he has been a widely influential teacher of contemporary composition. In 2006, he was elected to the membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an organization that bestowed their first Charles Ives Living Award[4] on him in 1998. Bresnick's work has also earned him many prizes over the years, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Rome Prize, two National Endowment of the Arts grants and an Ancona Prize for his 1979 composition "Conspiracies".

His compositions tend to be concise and direct in expression. Most of them are chamber music compositions, including three string quartets (1968, 1984, 1992), a piano trio (1988), *** for clarinet, viola and piano (1997), and music for diverse ensembles. Many of his works, ranging from solo piano to chamber and orchestral settings, were composed as a cycle called Opere della Musica Povera, or Works of a Poor Music.

His music has been recorded by Cantaloupe Music, Composers Recordings Incorporated, Centaur, New World Records, Artifact Music and Albany Records and is published by Carl Fischer Music (NY), Bote and Bock, Berlin and CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven.

Film work[edit]

As a composer for films, he has contributed many scores for documentary films, including Arthur and Lillie (1975) and The Day After Trinity (1980),[5] both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. He also composed the score for the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, produced by Unity Productions Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to the pianist Lisa Moore.

Recordings[edit]

  • 2011: Caprichos Enfáticos Cantaloupe Music (Performed by Lisa Moore and So Percussion)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "Farándula simple (Farandole simple)"
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "Farándula de charlatanes – No saben el camino (Farandole of charlatans – They don’t know the way.)"
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "Estragos de la guerra (Ravages of war)"
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "Farándula de políticos – Contra el bien general (Farandole of politicians – Against the common good.)"
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "Farándula de populacho (Farandole of the rabble)"
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "¡Extraña Devoción! (Strange devotion!)"
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "Farándula de creyentes – Nada. Ello lo dice (Farandole of believers - Nothing. That is what it says.)"
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: "Farándula doble (Farandole double)"
  • 2010: Every Thing Must Go. Albany Records.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Willie's Way" (Performed by Lisa Moore)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Falling (Performed by Abigail Nims and Wei-yi Yang)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Ballade (Performed by Ashley Bathgate and Lisa Moore)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Three Choral Songs (Performed by the Yale Camerata)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Every Thing Must Go (Performed by the Prism Saxophone Quartet)
  • 2006: The Essential Martin Bresnick. Cantaloupe Music.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: String Quartet #2 "Bucephalus" (Performed by the Flux Quartet)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Trio for piano, violin, and violoncello (Performed by the Jupiter Trio)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: The Bucket Rider (Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: BE JUST! (Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars)
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise (DVD: Performed by Lisa Moore)
  • 2005: Martin Bresnick: My 20th Century. New World Records.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Grace
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Tent of Miracles
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Songs of the Mouse People
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Fantasia on a Theme by Willie Dixon
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: My Twentieth Century
  • 2003: High Art: Chamber Music for Solo Flute. Albany Records.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: High Art
  • 2000: Martin Bresnick: Works of a Poor Music. CRI.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Tucket
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Follow Your Leader
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Pigs & Fishes
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: New Haven
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Woodstock
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Angelus Novus
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: The Bucket Rider!
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: BE JUST!
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: ***
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: The Dream of the Lost Traveller
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Pine Eyes
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Bird as Prophet
  • 2000: Conspirare: Chamber Music for Solo Flute. CRI.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Conspiracies
  • 1995: Martin Bresnick: Music for Strings. CRI.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: String Quartet No. 2 "Bucephalus"'
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Wir Weben, Wir Weben
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: B.'s Garlands
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: String Quartet No. 3
  • 1995: Long Distance. CRI.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Bag O' Tells
  • 1994: The Monticello Trio: Bresnick, Ives and Shatin. CRI.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Trio
  • 1993: CDCM Computer Music Series Vol. 2. Centaur Records.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Lady Neil's Dumpe
  • 1992: New York Woodwind Quintet Plays Bresnick, Powell, Roseman, Shapey. New World Records.
    • Includes Martin Bresnick: Just Time

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bresnick, Martin (25 May 2011). "Prague 1970: Music in Spring". The New York Times. Opinionator. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Martin Bresnick bio". MartinBresnick.com. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Liner notes, Composers Recordings Inc. LP CRI SD 468, 1982.
  4. ^ http://www.artsandletters.org
  5. ^ Credited on film upon release: 20 January 1981 (USA)

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