Stephen Albert

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Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert (6 February 1941 – 27 December 1992)[1] was an American composer.

Biography[edit]

Born in New York City, Albert began his musical training on the piano, French horn, and trumpet as a youngster. He first studied composition at the age of 15 with Elie Siegmeister,[2] and enrolled two years later at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Bernard Rogers. Following composition lessons in Stockholm with Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Albert studied with Joseph Castaldo at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (BM 1962); in 1963 he worked with George Rochberg at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1985 to 1988 he worked as the Seattle Symphony's composer-in-residence.[1][3]

His notable students include Daniel Asia.

Albert was killed in an automobile accident on Cape Cod in December 1992.

Awards and honors[edit]

Stephen Albert won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his symphony RiverRun. He won a Grammy Award in 1995 in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category for "Cello Concerto" as performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

The slow movement and emotional core of Christopher Rouse's Second Symphony, 1993, is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Albert, who was a colleague and close friend of Rouse. The work is recorded on TELARC CD-80452, issued in 1997.

Works[edit]

Orchestral[edit]

  • Anthems and Processionals (1988) - 16 minutes
  • Into Eclipse (chamber with voice version) (1981) - 30 minutes
  • Symphony No. 1 RiverRun (1983) - 33 minutes
  • Symphony No. 2 (1992) - 30 minutes (orchestration completed by Sebastian Currier)
  • Tapioca Pudding (1991) - 2 minutes

Concertante[edit]

  • Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (1990) - 30 minutes
  • Distant Hills (orchestra version) (1989) - 31 minutes
  • Flower of the Mountain from “Distant Hills” (orchestra version) (1985) - 16 minutes
  • In Concordiam (1986) - 17 minutes
  • Into Eclipse (orchestra with voice version) (1981) - 30 minutes
  • Sun’s Heat from “Distant Hills” (orchestra version) (1989) - 15 minutes
  • Wind Canticle (1991) - 14 minutes
  • Wolf Time (1968) - 20 minutes

Ensemble (7 or more players)[edit]

  • Distant Hills (chamber version) (1989) - 31 minutes
  • Flower of the Mountain from “Distant Hills” (chamber version) (1985) - 16 minutes
  • Sun’s Heat from “Distant Hills” (chamber version) (1989) - 15 minutes
  • TreeStone (1983) - 45 minutes

Chamber[edit]

  • Tribute (1988) - 9 minutes

Choral[edit]

  • Bacchae: A Ceremony in Music (1967) - 8 minutes

Vocal[edit]

  • Ecce Puer (1992) - 6 minutes
  • Rilke Song - On Nights Like This (1991) - 5 minutes
  • The Stone Harp (1988) - 14 minutes
  • To Wake the Dead (1977) - 25 minutes
  • Wedding Songs (1964) - 10 minutes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Randel, Don Michael, ed. (1996). "Albert, Stephen (Joel)". The Harvard biographical dictionary of music. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-674-37299-9. 
  2. ^ "Albert, Stephen Joel". Who Was Who in America, 1993-1996, vol. 11. New Providence, N.J.: Marquis Who's Who. 1996. p. 3. ISBN 0-8379-0225-8. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Albert". G. Schirmer Inc. October 1996. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 

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