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Claude Conyers

solidified his reputation as an unparalleled performer of the dance. From his collaborations with visiting European artists, Durang acquired skills in acrobatics, tightrope walking, classical ballet, clowning, pantomime, choreography, and theater management. In 1794 he appeared in Ann Julia Hatton’s Tammany: The Indian Chief , one of the first operas written in America with an American subject, and soon thereafter danced with Anna Gardie in La Forêt Noire , the first serious ballet given in America. In 1796 he produced his first pantomime for Rickett’s Circus

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Stephen Slawek

1999 . Uday Shankar is remembered for his eclectic approach to dance; he respected and blended together the formalized structures of the various classical dance traditions of India but professed allegiance to none of them. Instead he struck out alone to reinvent the cultural heritage of South Asia by creating a new dance form that sought its inspiration in what he perceived to be the Indian essences of the expression of emotion in movement. Shankar also deserves recognition for having taken numerous Indian musicians to the West; he prepared the way for the internati

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Joshua Kosman

Eckert), 1985–8 Figaro Gets a Divorce (incid music), 1986 Home (Pt 2) (dance score, choreog. M. Jenkins), tape, 1986 Once it Touches the Rain (dance score, choreog. Jenkins), tape, 1987 Rhythmia (dance score, choreog. S. Mordine), tape, 1987 Shelf Life (dance score, choreog. Jenkins), 1987 Tamina (dance score, choreog. B. Way), tape, 1987 The Tempest (incid music, W. Shakespeare), 1987 Loose the Thread (dance score, choreog. Way), chbr ens, 1988 Power Failure (op, 2, Eckert), 1989

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John C. Francis

for str qt; orch suites; tone poems Kbd (pf, unless otherwise stated) 2 Dances (1895) Ballet Waltz (1899) [from the Economites] From Edgeworth Hills, suite (1903) 2 Impromptus to the Memory of Edward MacDowell (1914) Southern Sketches (1923) Chanson triste, org (1925) other descriptive pieces Bibliography ‘Explains Berlin’s Attack upon Poia ’, Musical America , 12/2 (1910) 25 only [interview] A. Nevin : ‘Two Summers with the Blackfeet Indians of Montana’, MQ , 2 (1916), 257–70 N. Slonimsky : ‘Musical Oddities’, The Etude

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Edward Strickland

process of Song I and II to the pristine lyricism of jazz-flavoured ballads such as ‘Mont Blanc’, from Voyage of the Beagle . Works Stage Voyage of the Beagle (music theatre, J.A. Akalaitis), 1983–7 Extensions (dance score, choreog. L. Childs), s sax, tape, 1980 Q-Music (dance score, choreog. Childs), small ens, 1980 Relative Calm (dance score, choreog. Childs), small ens, tape, 1981 Vocal Running Commentary (A–Z), 1 or more vv, 1980–87 Running Commentary (Arbitrary Excerpts), 1v, small ens, 1992 Talk is Cheap, 1v, small ens, 1996 Big Fish Little

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Paul R. Laird and David Schiff

Bernstein, Leonard [ Louis ] ( b Lawrence, MA , Aug 25, 1918 ; d New York, NY , Oct 14, 1990 ). American conductor and composer . His accomplishments as a conductor, composer of musical theater and concert works, and musical educator through television mark Bernstein as an unusually versatile figure. Among his most lasting contributions are his tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic and the score to the Broadway musical West Side Story . 1. Early life. Bernstein’s parents, Samuel Bernstein and Jennie

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Paul Attinello

musics and First World electronic experimentation. The dense, muted timbres, complex repetitive rhythms and sophisticated heterophony of his output after 1977 have been influential to musicians working in genres that cross between popular and art styles. His compositions include dance scores for Merce Cunningham, MOMIX, Dai Rakuda Kan and Alvin Ailey, and collaborations with Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, David Sylvian and the West African ensemble Farafina; his stage works often involve gently political attitudes. The Jon Hassell Concert Group has performed

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David Nicholls and Joel Sachs

latina, band, 1939 [arr. pf; 579a, lost] 587 ‡Pastoral and Fiddler’s Delight, 1940; cond. L. Stokowski, New York, 26 July 1940 594 American Melting Pot Set for Chbr Orch, 1940: 1 Chorale (Teutonic-American), 2 Air (Afro-American), 3 Satire (Franco-American), 4 Alapna (Oriental-American), 5 Slavic Dance (Slavic-American), 6 Rhumba with added 8th (Latin-American), 7 Square Dance (Celtic-American); cond. F. Petrides, New York, 3 May 1943 595 58 for Percy, band, 1940 [< f :595a] 597 ‡Ancient Desert Drone, 1940; cond. Grainger

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Edward Strickland

Beat , 48/5 (1981), 26–8 J. Aikin and J. Rothstein : ‘Terry Riley: the Composer of In C Explores Indian Sources and Synthesizer Soloing’, Keyboard , 8/4 (1982), 11–17 C. Ahlgren : ‘Terry Riley: Music is Path to Heaven’, San Francisco Chronicle (17 April 1983) W. Mertens : American Minimal Music (London, 1983) J. Schaefer : New Sounds (New York, 1987) D. Suzuki : Minimal Music (diss., U. of Southern California, 1991) E. Strickland : American Composers (Bloomington, IN, 1991) C. Gagne : Soundpieces 2 (Metuchen, NJ, 1993) E. Strickland

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Steven Ledbetter and Victor Fell Yellin

themes of American Indians found in others of the time. The Padrone is an opera of modern life, reflecting the current social situation. Had it been produced, it might well have pointed the way to a new manner of operatic composition in the USA, one making the most of Americans’ traditional directness and realistic outlook. Instead the score was turned down by the Metropolitan Opera and a possible production in Chicago fell through when the impresario there suddenly died. The Padrone was performed, fittingly, by the New England Conservatory Opera Theater under the

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Robert Parker

percussion players. It requires various Indian drums, among them the teponaxtle , a two-tongued wooden slit-drum, and the huéhuetl , a large upright drum, as well as rasps made of wood and of bone, and a trombone simulating the conch trumpet. The ballet Caballos de vapor [H.P.] ( 1926–32 ) presents a large concentration of folk elements in a modern setting, where the sensual, ‘natural’ life of the tropics is contrasted with the industrialized society of the USA. The tropics are represented by two of the most popular Mexican dance types – the huapango and the zandunga

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James Lincoln Collier

revised by Barry Kernfeld and Howard Rye

with Henry Goodwin and Sandy Williams among the members of the band. He undertook many equally obscure engagements, but played with prominent ad hoc all-star bands for Eddie Condon’s first concert at Town Hall ( 21 February 1942 ) and for later such concerts at Town Hall and the Ritz Theater ( 1944–5 ), and in 1945 in Boston became involved in a notoriously contentious stand as a co-leader with Bunk Johnson. He held several residencies at Jimmy Ryan’s in New York, where his sidemen included the pianist Lloyd Phillips and Freddie Moore in 1947 , and Big Chief Russell

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Paul Griffiths

for piano and orchestra ( 1971–4 ) was commissioned by Miss Alice Tully of New York, and Messiaen used the occasion of his first American commission to render the canyons and birds of Utah. Saint François d’Assise ( 1975–83 ), his unexpected single exercise in music theatre, was written for the Paris Opéra and followed swiftly by the Livre du Saint Sacrement ( 1984 ), a last organ work (commissioned by the city of Detroit and the American Guild of Organists). Finally, after several small pieces, came Eclairs sur l’Au-delà … ( 1988–92 ), scored for an enormous orchestra

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Hugh Ottaway

revised by Alain Frogley

(romantic ballad op, 2, H. Child), 1910–14, last rev. 1956 London, His Majesty’s, 14 July 1924 On Christmas Night (masque with dancing, singing and miming, A. Bolm and Vaughan Williams, after C. Dickens), 1926 Chicago, Eighth Street, 26 Dec 1926 Sir John in Love (op, 4, Vaughan Williams, after W. Shakespeare), 1924–8 London, RCM, 21 March 1929 Job (masque for dancing, G. Keynes and G. Raverat, after W. Blake), 1927–30 London, Cambridge, 5 July 1931 The Poisoned Kiss (romantic extravaganza

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Claude Conyers

York , July 6, 1930 ). American modern dancer , choreographer , and teacher . Of Jamaican heritage, he grew up in Harlem where he learned all the popular dances of the 1940s and experienced West Indian music and dance on social occasions. Inspired by a performance of African dance by Pearl Primus, he auditioned for and won a scholarship to the New Dance Group in 1947 . There he trained in modern dance, ballet, tap, and various ethnic dance traditions, and within a year he had made his professional début and had choreographed his first dance, Saturday’s Child (

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Jody Diamond

Benary, Barbara ( b Bay Shore, NY , April 7, 1946 ). American composer , performer , instrument builder and ethnomusicologist . She received the BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and the MA and PhD from Wesleyan University, where she studied Indonesian and Indian music. She has performed with the ensembles of Philip Glass, Jon Gibson, Alvin Lucier, Philip Corner and Daniel Goode. In 1976 she co-founded, with Corner and Goode, the Gamelan Son of Lion, New York, a new music collective and repertory ensemble under her direction. In addition, she has

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Jessica Payette

reflect her intensive study of Indian classical music and dance, especially Bharata Natyam dance–drama. During this time she studied and worked with Swati Bhise’s dance company, performing as Nattuvanar (vocalist/rhythmic reciter). These idioms imaginatively enrich Shield’s large-scale vocal works. Apocalypse ( 1994 ), an electronic opera for live and recorded singers, is unique for its combination of standard operatic dramaturgy with a multilingual libretto, electronic “chorus” and accompaniment, and Indian rhythmic structures. Indian ragas are juxtaposed with Nancy

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Sandra Jean Graham

caricatures of crap-shooting, razor-wielding African Americans. Of the few piano solos he published, Johnson was proudest of African Drum Dance no.1 ( 1928 , later scored for orchestra). He created piano and vocal arrangements for more than 150 spirituals, which were published in The Book of American Negro Spirituals ( 1925 ) and The Second Book of American Negro Spirituals ( 1926 ), compiled with his brother, and subsequently in Shout Songs ( 1936 ), Rolling Along in Song: a Chronological Survey of American Negro Music ( 1937 ), Sixteen New Negro Spirituals

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Sabine Feisst

Postcard Theater (multimedia event), 1972 What to Do, pfmrs, sonic and mixed media, 1972 Crow Two (ceremonial op), 1974 Theatre of Substitution, 1 pfmr, 1975 Bonn Feier, 1977 Theatre of Substitutions: Blind/Dumb/Director, 1977 Yellow River Map, 50 or more pfmrs, 1977 Travelling Companions, dancers, perc ens, 1980 Dream Horse Spiel, radio play, vv and sound effects, 1988 Njinga the Queen King, 1993 Tribute to Jerry Hunt, accdn, video, 1994 Ghost Dance, tape, ens, dancer, actors with

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Elise Kirk

Kondorossy, after Kemeny), Little, 21 Oct 1956 The Fox (1, Hall, after K. Mikszath), 28 Jan 1961 Nathan the Wise (poetic drama, 3, Hall), Sunbeam School for Crippled Children, 1964 The Poorest Suitor (children’s op, 1, Hall, after a Blackfoot Indian tale), Sunbeam School for Crippled Children, 24 May 1967 Shizuka’s Dance (children’s op, 1, Hall, after a tale of Prince Bantam), Sunbeam School for Crippled Children, 22 April 1969 Kalamona and the Four Winds (children’s op, 1, Hall, after a Hungarian fairy-tale), WSRS, 12 Sept 1971, vs (Cleveland, 1972) Ruth and