- Mitchell Pattan
(b New York, Oct 1, 1933). American composer. She studied at the Juilliard School (BM 1956, MS 1957), where her teachers included Bergsma and Persichetti, and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Hamburg (1957–61) with Jarnach, among others. She joined the composition department at the New England Conservatory in 1964 and accepted a second post at Wheaton College in 1972. She has also served as editor-in-chief of Sonus (from its inception in 1980) and president of the International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies (from 1992). She is co-author with Robert Cogan of Sonic Design: The Nature of Sound and Music (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1981) and its accompanying workbook Sonic Design: Practice and Problems (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1981).
Escot’s music exhibits her interest in sonic possibilities, often involving unusual combinations of instruments, with or without voices. She has also explored alternative sounds produced by traditional instruments, such as the layering of live and pre-recorded piano performances in ...