Charles Boone (composer)

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Charles Boone
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Born June 21, 1939
Cleveland, OH
Known for Composer, Teacher

Charles Boone (born Cleveland, on June 21, 1939) is an American composer of contemporary classical music, living in San Francisco.


Boone studied at the Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, the University of Southern California, and San Francisco State College. Karl Schiske, Adolph Weiss, and Ernst Krenek were among his teachers. He has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts Commissions as well as a two-year Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) artist-in-residency in Berlin. His works have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Berlin, Avignon, and Ojai Festivals. Performers have included Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Jan Williams, Bertram Turetzky, and Karl Kohn.

Boone's students include Jon Beacham, Claire Jackel, Susan Sutton, Prumsodun Ok, Alexandra Steel, Bill Jenkins, Erik Seidenglanz, Rebecca Milsop, Christina Battle, Sanghee Park, Jhinryung Oh, Taeko Horigome, Michael Dodge, Hamish Dunbar, Jisun Bae, Megan Roniger, Masako Tanaka, Richard Mitchell, Ben Wood, Michael Hession, Kai-Ting Chuang, Jeff Le, Patrick Hector, Virginia White and Tomonari Nishikawa.

Selected works[edit]

  • A Cool Glow of Radiation for flute and electronic sounds (1966)
  • Matrix II: The Edge of the Land for orchestra (1968)
  • Not Now for clarinet (1970)
  • First Landscape for orchestra (1971)
  • Vocalise for solo soprano (1972)
  • Second Landscape for fifteen players (1973), orchestra version (1980)
  • Raspberries for three percussionists (1974)
  • Linea Meridiana for nine players (1975)
  • San Zeno/Verona for thirteen players (1976)
  • String Piece for twelve strings (1978)
  • Little Flute Pieces for solo flute (1979)
  • Streaming for solo flute (1979)
  • The Watts Towers for solo percussionist (1981)
  • Weft for six percussionists (1982)
  • Trace for solo flute and ten accompanying players (1983)
  • Solar One for flute and trumpet (1985)
  • Lightfall, Twenty-Seven Lines, & Last Gleaming for solo percussionist (1989)
  • Usuyuki for seven players and electronic sounds (1994)
  • Ellipse for cello and electronic sounds (1999)
  • Seasons for alto flute and electronic sounds (2004)
  • Elementary Particles for two violins (2010-2012)
  • Diverse Texts for soprano and violin (2011)

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