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Harbison, Johnlocked

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(b Orange, NJ, Dec 20, 1938). American composer. Born into an intellectually and culturally vigorous environment, his earliest significant musical impressions were of jazz (he was the pianist in his own jazz band by the age of 11) and Bach. Together with Stravinsky they were to remain his chief musical influences. Harbison has written that the Bach cantatas were formative for him in the way that the Beethoven quartets are for most musicians. He studied with Piston at Harvard, winning honours in both composition and poetry (BA ...

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Perspectives of New Music