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The London Philharmonic
Celebrates American Composers

Donald Erb (1927-2008) was Distinguished Professor of Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was Composer-in-Residence with the St. Louis Symphony, andreceived hundreds of performances by orchestras in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia. He has been honored with fellowships, commissions and awards from the Ford, Guggenheim, Naumburg, and Rockefeller Foundations; National Endowment for the Arts; and National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Erik Lundborg (b.1948), a native of Montana, teaches at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Columbia University. Lundborg has had commissions, performances, and recordings by the leading orchestras and new-music ensembles, including the Houston Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, Parnassus, Group for Contemporary Music, the New Music Consort, Da Capo Chamber Players, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Light Fantastic Players, and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. He is the recipient of a Warner/Nonesuch commission and is also recorded on New World, CRI, and Opus One. Lundborg has served on the boards of the American Composers Alliance and the League of Composers - ISCM. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a composer grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music. He was a MacDowell Fellow, and composed film music as a Fellow at the Sundance Institute.

Marga Richter (b.1926) was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin and received her early musical training in Minneapolis. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the Juilliard School, studying composition with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti and piano with Rosalyn Tureck. Among the sources of her many grants, commissions and awards are the National Endowment for the Arts, Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, Harkness Foundation, Meet the Composer, National Federation of Music Clubs and ASCAP. Richter's works, noted for their expressiveness and economy of means, have been performed by 50 orchestras, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Milwaukee, Atlanta, Oakland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Maracaibo Symphonies.

Irwin Bazelon (1922-1995), a Chicago native, moved to New York City in 1948. "Bud" Bazelon graduated from DePaul University and later studied composition with Darius Milhaud. Bazelon's music is characterized by a dynamic energy that reflects the rhythmic pulse of city life. His rhythms are often derived from jazz elements, but his music is essentially dramatic in nature. Bazelon was awarded a Serge Koussevitzky Prize in 1982 in recognition of his "valuable contribution to the music of our time." The commissioned work, Fusions, has been performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the University of Chicago Chamber Players.

Bazelon conducted his own works with the National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Kansas City Philharmonic, and many other orchestras, and conducted the European premiere of his De-Tonations and took it on tour in France with the Orchestre National de Lille. Bazelon has had commissions from the New Orleans Philharmonic, Kansas City Philharmonic, American Brass Quintet, Boehm Quintette, Empire Brass Quintet, and many other groups, and has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, and and other sources. His works have also been recorded on the CRI, Orion, Albany, and Louisville labels. A noted authority on film music, Bazelon has written scores for documentary and art films, industrial films, television, and theatre. He lectures at colleges and universities, and his book, Knowing the Score - Notes on Film Music is widely used on college campuses.



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