Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
Salzman: Night Dance for orchestra
by composer Eric Salzman, performed by Minneapolis (Symphony) Orchestra
Eric Salzman (1933 to 2017) was an American composer, writer, teacher and producer. Eric Salzman was born in New York City, USA, on September 8th 1933, and attended Forest Hills High School from 1946 to 1950. After studying composition with Marris Mawner at the New York High School of Music and Art between 1949 and 1951, he continued his studies at Columbia University, where his teachers included Jack Beeson, Lionel Trilling, Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky. He attained a Bachelor of Arts there in 1954, majoring in music and minoring in literature, after which he pursued postgraduate work at Princeton University with Milton Babbitt, Roger Sessions, Earl Kim, Edward T Cone, Arthur Mendel, Oliver Strunk and Nino Pirrotta. A Fulbright Fellowship then enabled him to study at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, with Goffredo Petrassi, and at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse in Germany with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bruno Maderna and Luigi Nono. In 1958, Salzman returned to the US to begin a career as a music critic, writing for The New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune between 1958 and 1966 (from that year, he switched to contributing to Stereo Review). He also worked at various times as a contributing editor and critic for the publications Opera News, Opera, Neue Zeitschrift der Musik and New York Magazine, as well as others in Germany, France and England. He founded and ran 'The Electric Ear' at the "Electric Circus" from 1967 to 1968, and served as music director of 'WBAI-FM' ('Pacifica Radio') from 1962 to 1964 and again from 1968 to 1972, winning a "Major Armstrong Award" for broadcasting. During his career, he interviewed numerous artists, including Stefan Wolpe and Edgard Varese, and was himself interviewed by Virgil Thomson on his 'WNCN-FM' programme in 1970. In 1968, he had been approached by Joseph Papp to create concerts for the then-vacant Martinson Hall at The Public Theater, and as a result the "Free Music Store" ("FMS") presented free concerts there until Papp evicted the group in 1971. ("FMS" provided a platform for musicians who wanted to explore new musical projects while foregoing compensation.) Salzman left "FMS" in 1972, and from 1975 to 1990 he produced more than two dozen recordings (mainly for 'Nonesuch Records'), including two "Grammy" Award-nominated records - the Hal Prince production of Kurt Weill's "The Silver Lake" (with the New York City Opera conducted by Julius Rudel, 1980) and "The Unknown Kurt Weill" (featuring Teresa Stratas, 1991). He was editor of The Musical Quarterly from 1984 to 1991, and he produced the 'Nonesuch' album "The Tango Project" (1991) plus the follow-ups "Two to Tango" and "The Palm Court" (the first featured prominently in the films "Scent of a Woman" and "True Lies"). He also produced several recordings featuring the music of Harry Partch and William Bolcom, as well as his own compositions, and taught at all the major educational centres of New York and its surrounding area during his lifetime. He married Lorna Jackson in 1955 (she later helped to found the US Green Party) and they had two daughters together. Eric Salzman died from a heart attack in Brooklyn, New York, on November 13th 2017, aged 84.
Posted: 15th December 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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