Harvard Composers: Walter Piston and His Students, from Elliot Carter to Frederic Rzewski
- Publish Date: 1992-09-01
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Howard Pollack
One of the finest American composers of the 20th century, Walter Piston (1894-1976) taught for over thirty years (1926-1960) at Harvard, where he guided the education of such diverse, well-known composers as Elliott Carter, Leroy Anderson, Arthur Berger, Gail Kubik, Irving Fine, Harold Shapiro, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Pinkham, Gordon Binkerd, Robert Moevs, Samuel Adler, Karl Kohn, John Harbison, and Frederic Rzewski. This book profiles the biographies, major accomplishments, stylistic development, and technical resources of 33 of these students, including four women. Special emphasis is placed on their relation to Piston and to each other. Contents: Two American classicists: Walter Piston and James Gould Cozzens; Songs without words: the orchestral miniatures of Leroy Anderson; Regional voices: John Vincent and Gail Kubik; Classicism pursued: Everett Helm and Ellis Kohs; New forms, new meanings: the music of Arthur Berger; Expanding the modernist tradition: Elliott Carter and Leonard Bernstein; Adventures in wonderland: Irving Fine and his music; A midcentury masterwork: Harold Shapero's Symphony for classical orchestra; A heritage upheld: Daniel Pinkham; Favored sons: Robert Middleton and Allen Sapp; In Bartk's wake: John Bavicchi, Nicholas Van Slyck, and Nol Lee; The center holding: Gordon Binkerd; A life in music: the symphonies of Samuel Adler; Carter and the postwar composers revisited: Billy Jim Layton, Yehudi Wyner, and Martin Boykan; Music with new perspectives: Robert Moevs, Karl Kohn, Claudio Spies, Peter Westergaard, and John MacIvor Perkins; Four women: Eugenia Frothingham, Victoria Glaser, Betsy Warren and Rosamond Brenner; A new age and a new left: David Behrman and Frederic Rzewski; The elusive balance: John Harbison; Conclusion: Walter Piston and his students in widening contexts.