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date: 15 November 2019

Behrman, David locked

  • John Rockwell
  • , revised by Greg A Steinke

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(b Salzburg, Austria, Aug 16, 1937). Composer of Austrian birth. The son of playwright S.N. Behrman and a nephew of Jascha Heifetz, he was brought up in New York, where he studied composition privately with Wallingford Riegger. At Harvard University (BA 1959) he was a pupil of walter Piston . He then went to Europe on a Paine Traveling Fellowship and studied with Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen. After returning to the United States he received an MA degree in music theory from Columbia University. He was from 1966 a member of the Sonic Arts Union, a cooperative of composers of electronic music, with which he toured extensively in the United States and Europe (1966–76). In the years 1965–70 he produced a notable series of recordings of experimental music (“Music of our Time” series) for Columbia Masterworks (including Terry Riley’s In C). From 1970 to 1976...

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