Imbrie, Andrew (Welsh )
- Martin Brody
(b New York, April 6, 1921; d Berkeley, CA, Dec 5, 2007). American composer . He studied composition with Roger Sessions (1937–47), and received the BA at Princeton University (1942). After serving in the US Army (1942–6), he continued his studies with Sessions at the University of California at Berkeley (MA 1947). He joined the faculty of Berkeley two years later, and taught there for over 40 years. He was also appointed chairman of the composition department at the San Francisco Conservatory and visiting professor of composition at Brandeis. As a composer, he received numerous honours and awards, including two Guggenheim fellowships, the Brandeis University Creative Arts Medal, and election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He wrote influential analytical and theoretical articles, especially on the music of Sessions and on meter and accent in Beethoven.
Imbrie’s work embodies a sophisticated post-tonal idiom, a preoccupation with contrapuntal textures and an abiding fascination with subtle phrasing details and coherent large forms. He wrote two operas: the first, ...