Composers Datebook for November 17, 2011



Produced in association with the American Composers Forum

Thursday, November 17

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David Amram, Renaissance Man

Today we celebrate the birthday of the American composer, horn player, and conductor David Amram, who was born in Philadelphia on this date in 1930.

To call David Amram a "Renaissance Man" seems quite appropriate, considering that he wrote incidental music for 25 productions of the New York Shakespeare Festival between 1956 and 1967, and in 1968 composed an opera based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." But it would be very wrong to try to pigeonhole David Amram, as his interests and projects have ranged well beyond the Renaissance playwright.

Amram was associated with some of the key figures of the "Beat Generation," including Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and wrote some notable film scores, including one for the 1962 Cold War classic, "The Manchurian Candidate," starring Frank Sinatra. Amram also served as the New York Philharmonic's first ever composer-in-reisdence during their 1966-67 season.

For the U.S. State Department, the World Council of Churches, and other organizations, Amram has toured Brazil, Kenya, Cuba, and the Middle East as a kind of musical good will ambassador. Amram's interest in cross-pollinating varied cultures shows up in many of his orchestral works, including the movement, titled "Rondo al la Turca," from his Triple Concerto for woodwinds, brass, jazz quintets and orchestra.

Music Played on Today's Program:

David Amram (b. 1930):
Rondo a la Turca, fr Triple Concerto
Amram Jazz Quintet;
Rochester Philharmonic;
David Zinman, cond.
Flying Fish 751

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On David Amram

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