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date: 20 August 2019

Shifrin, Seymourlocked

  • Charles H. Kaufman
  • , revised by Martin Boykan


(b New York, Feb 28, 1926; d Boston, Sept 26, 1979). American composer and teacher. He began music studies at the age of six and later attended the High School of Music and Art in New York; the high quality of his work there prompted Schuman to offer him a scholarship for private study (1942–5). He received a BA (1947) and an MA in composition (1949) at Columbia University where he studied primarily with Luening. During the academic year 1949–50 he served as lecturer at Columbia and the following year filled a similar post at the City College, CUNY. On a Fulbright scholarship in 1951–2 he studied in Paris with Milhaud. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1952–66), and then joined the faculty at Brandeis University, where he remained until his death. Among his many awards were two Guggenheim Fellowships (...

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