' ... providing repertoire not otherwise available -
with considerable compositional ingenuity
and in a way which is appreciated by performers.'
PETER DICKINSON listens to the music of Elliott Schwartz
The American composer Elliott Schwartz, now in his mid sixties, has had
a genuinely international career for some forty years. Like Gershwin, Sessions
and Copland he was born in Brooklyn, then went to Columbia University. He
made his first impact abroad on the front line with a work called Signals
(1968) which was included in one of the boxed sets of six LPs called Avant
Garde that DG brought out in the later 1960s. But we weren't easily
fooled - he'd published a book, The Symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams,
in 1964 (reprinted by Da Capo Press in 1981). Schwartz is now Robert K.
Beckwith Professor of Music at Bowdoin College, Maine, which has been his
base since 1964. He has had many connections with the UK, with a spell at
Trinity College of Music in London and several residencies at Cambridge.
Schwartz's sixtieth birthday was celebrated by special events in various
parts of the world. The London concert at the British Music Information
Centre contained tributes specially written by Simon Bainbridge and Robert
Saxton and premières from Michael Finnissy, Peter Dickinson and Kate
Romano which were all played by the composers.
Copyright © 18 June 2000 Peter Dickinson,
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK
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