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date: 23 October 2019

Brant, Henry (Dreyfuss)locked

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(Dreyfuss)

(b Montreal, Sept 15, 1913; d Santa Barbara, April 26, 2008). American composer of Canadian birth. The son of a violinist, he developed his experimental attitude towards music in boyhood: at the age of nine he was composing for his own home-made instruments and organizing performances with them. He studied at the McGill Conservatorium, Montreal (1926–9), the Institute of Musical Art in New York (1929–34) and the Juilliard Graduate School (1932–4), also taking private lessons from Riegger, Antheil and Fritz Mahler (conducting) during the 1930s. Having settled in New York, he earned his living by composing, conducting and arranging for radio, film, ballet and jazz groups, working for Benny Goodman, Andre Kostelanetz and others. In the 1950s and 60s he extended his work in commercial music to Hollywood and Europe. He also taught composition and orchestration at Columbia University (1945–52), the Juilliard School (...

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