Keats, Donald (Howard)
- Jerome Rosen
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(b New York, May 27, 1929). American composer. He studied at Yale University with Quincy Porter and Hindemith (MusB 1949) and at Columbia University with Luening and Cowell (MA 1951); as a Fulbright Scholar he attended the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg (1954–6) for studies with Jarnach. He received the PhD (1961) at the University of Minnesota, where his teachers included Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. In 1957 he joined the faculty of Antioch College, becoming full professor in 1967. In 1975 he became a faculty member of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he held to the Lawrence C. Phipps Chair in the Humanities (1982–5). His awards include two Guggenheim Fellowships (1964, 1972) and an NEA grant (1975).
Keats’s early works, while making use of dissonance, are often based on clearly articulated tonal centres. With the String Quartet no.2 (...