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Jacob Druckman

Jacob Druckman Photo © Vincent P. Oneppo
1928 - 1996


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Jacob Druckman studied at Juilliard School with Bernard Wagenaar, Vincent Persichetti and Peter Mennin and with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood * Devoted himself to the exploration of sound and colour, both instrumental and electronic * Noted for his ingenious and cogent formal designs, as in the interwoven structures of String Quartet No.3 * His orchestral works included commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Radio France * As the New York Philharmonic's composer-in-residence (1982-85) he explored the emerging New Romanticism in the programming of three controversial and influential Horizons festivals * Noted teacher at Juilliard, Bard College, Tanglewood and Yale University * Windows, a 1972 work for orchestra, earned him the Pulitzer Prize

Works by Jacob Druckman include:
Lamia (1974/75) for soprano and orchestra
Prism (1980) for orchestra
Come Round (1992) for chamber ensemble
Counterpoise (1994) for soprano and orchestra or chamber ensemble

Looking Ahead: Multiple works by Jacob Druckman will be performed this summer at the Tanglewood Music Festival. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs the composer’s Mirage this October.
"He was best known for his vividly scored and viscerally dramatic orchestral works... a skillful exponent of electronic music...incorporating elements of theatre into his concert works, including narrative and ritualistic scenarios." — New York Times
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