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date: 16 December 2019

Bolcom, William (Elden )locked

  • Steven Johnson
  • , revised by Lars Helgert


(Elden )

(b Seattle, WA, May 26, 1938). American composer, pianist, and author. He began composition studies at age 11 with John Verrall at the University of Washington (he completed his BA there in 1958). His studies continued with darius Milhaud at Mills College from 1958–61 (MA 1961) and with both Milhaud and Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire. After working with leland Smith at Stanford University (DMA 1964), he taught at the University of Washington (1965–6) and Queens College, CUNY (1966–8). While in New York he developed a style of playing ragtime that, through concerts and recordings, placed him in the forefront of the ragtime revival. He has also composed original rags, among them Graceful Ghost. From 1968 to 1970 he was composer-in-residence at the Yale University Drama School and the New York University School of the Arts. He taught at the University of Michigan from ...

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