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date: 12 December 2019

Karlins, M(artin) William locked

  • Karen Monson
  • , revised by Anders Tobiason


(b New York, NY, Feb 25, 1932; d Northbrook, IL, May 11, 2005). American composer. He studied privately with Frederick Piket (1954–7), at the Manhattan School with vittorio Giannini (BM and MM 1961), and at the University of Iowa (PhD 1965), where his principal teachers were richard b. Hervig and philip Bezanson . After teaching at Western Illinois University (1965–7), he joined the faculty of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in 1967, where he taught for the remainder of his career. His notable students include augusta read Thomas , maggi Payne , and David Gaines. At the time of his death, he was the Harry N. and Ruth F. Wyatt Professor of Music Theory and Composition Emeritus. Among his honors were grants from the MacDowell Colony (1977), the NEA (1979), and the Meet the Composer program (1980); he received many commissions, including those from Western Illinois University (his second woodwind quintet, “And all our world is dew”), the American Chamber SO (Symphony no.1), WFMT-Chicago (Fanfare with Fugato), and the Fox Valley SO (Catena III). A prolific composer with a taut and highly disciplined musical idiom, Karlins concentrated on instrumental works, including many for wind instruments, in particular the saxophone. His saxophone music has been widely performed, both in the United States and abroad. His music is generally lyrical, highly chromatic, and linear. His works have been recorded on many labels, including CRI, Opus One, and Arktos....

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