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Bresnick, Martin

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Bresnick, Martin, American composer and teacher; b. N.Y., Nov. 13, 1946. He studied at the H.S. of Music and Art in N.Y., and then with Arnold Franchetti at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Conn. (B.A., 1967), Leland Smith and John Chowning at Stanford Univ. (M.A., 1968; D.M.A., 1972), Einem and Cerha at the Vienna Academy of Music on a Fulbright fellowship (1969–70), and with Ligeti. After teaching at the San Francisco Cons, of Music (1971–72) and Stanford Univ. (1972–75), he became a prof, of composition at the Yale Univ. School of Music in 1975. In 1993 he was the Valentine Prof, of Music at Amherst Coll. and in 1998 the Mary Duke Biddle Prof, of Music at Duke Univ. He received grants from the NEA (1974, 1979, 1990), held the Rome Prize (1975–76) and MacDowell Colony (1977) fellowships, took first prize in the Premio Ancona (1980) and the International Sinfonia Musicale Competition (1982), and won the Elise L. Stoeger Prize for Chamber Music of the Chamber Music Soc. of Lincoln Center (1996) and the Charles Ives Living Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1998). Bresnick’s music is marked by a fine command of structure and carefully wrought expressivity.

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