American composer and virtuoso clarinettist Meyer Kupferman died on 26 November 2003, aged 77 near Rhinebeck, New York.
Born on 3 July 1926 in New York City, the son of a Romanian gypsy folk singer, Kupferman studied violin and clarinet and went on to write a staggering number of works which include twelve symphonies, seven operas and nine ballets. His music made use of jazz and twelve-tone techniques, and he wrote both for electronic and live instruments.
In a recent review of one of many CDs of Kupferman's orchestral music, Patric Standford referred to '... a sustained quality that is Kupferman's own, widely spread and generous, emotionally extrovert and, with familiarity, cleverly made'.
Posted: 22 December 2003
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