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date: 05 August 2020

Boretz, Benjaminlocked

  • Martin Brody


(b New York, Oct 3, 1934).American composer and theorist. He began composing at an early age and studied philosophy as well as music in high school and at Brooklyn College (BA 1954). He received the MFA in composition at Brandeis University (1957), where he was a pupil of Arthur Berger and Irving Fine. He also studied with Foss at UCLA and Milhaud at Aspen. In 1970 he received the PhD from Princeton, where he had been a pupil of Sessions and Babbitt. From 1973 he taught at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Among his awards have been the Fromm Composition Prize, 1956, a Fulbright scholarship, 1970–71, and a Princeton University Council of the Humanities fellowship, 1971–2.

His early work demonstrates concern for systematic design and the realization of complex and multiple networks of nested musical relationships. Later he explored contexts for improvisatory music making: scenarios and texts for group interaction, notational and gestural stimuli for performance, and so-called soundscores, i.e. taped sound intended as a ‘text’ for performance. Beginning in ...

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Journal of Music Theory
Perspectives of New Music