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The Virginal Book
Timing, K and format
Timing, K and format


b. 1916 -


    American composer and theorist. He has contributed exensively to the understanding and extension of 12-tone compositional theory and practice and has been one of the most influential composers and teachers in the USA since World War II. The world that Babbitts's music evokes is not simple. He has said "I want a piece of music to be literally as much as possible."
    While some critics have felt that such an attitude has resulted in a body of inaccessible music, others have praised his pioneering exploration of the 12-tone compositional universe. His emphasis on the relation between practice and theory, his insistence on the composer's assumption of responsibility for every musical event in a work, and his reinterpretation of the constituent elements of the Western musical tradition have had a vital influence on the thinking and music of numerous young composers.

Archived Compositions

Around the Horn (1993)
for solo horn
Score + Recording

Melsimata (1982)
for solo violin
Recording

Beaten Paths (1988)
for solo marimba
Score + Recording

Four Cavalier Settings (1991)
for tenor and guitar
Recording

Homily (1987)
for solo snare drum
(see The Noble Snare, vol. 1)
Score + Recording

Melsimata (1982)
for solo violin
Recording

My Complements to Roger (1978)
for solo piano
Score + Recording

On having been and still being an american composer (1996)
essay read by Milton Babbit
Recording

None but the lonely flute (1991)
for solo flute
Recording

Philomel (1964)
for soprano and electronic tape
Recording

Play it again Sam (1989)
for solo viola
Recording

Quatrains (1993)
for soprano voice and two clarinets
text by John Hollander
Score

Soli e duettini (1989)
for flute and guitar
Recording

The Virginal Book (1988)
for mezzo-soprano and piano
text by John Hollander
Score + Recording

Whirled Series (1987)
for alto saxophone and piano
Recording

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