Other Free Encyclopedias » Online Encyclopedia » Encyclopedia - Featured Articles » Contributed Topics from A-E

Brown, Earle (Appleton Jr.)

music univ calif cons

Brown, Earle (Appleton Jr.) significant American composer; b. Lunenburg, Mass., Dec. 26, 1926. He took courses in engineering and mathematics at Northeastern Univ. in Boston, and then studied theory with Kenneth McKillop (from 1946) and composition with Roslyn Brogue (from 1947), graduating from the Schill-inger School in 1950. From 1952 to 1955 he was associated with the Project for Music for Magnetic Tape in N.Y. He soon adopted the most advanced compositional techniques, experimenting with serial methods as well as aleatory forms. He was fascinated by the parallelism in abstract expressionism in painting, mobile sculptures, and flexible musical forms, which prompted him to develop the idea of graphic notation in 1952 and of open from in 1953. Brown professes no parti pris in his approach to techniques and idioms of composition, whether dissonantly contrapuntal or serenly triadic. Rather, his music represents a mobile assemble of plastic elements, in open-ended or closed forms. As a result, his usages range from astute asceticism and constrained constructivism to soaring sonorism and lush lyricism, sine ira et studio . Brown has had many lectureships and received many honors. He served as composer-in-residence at the Peabody Cons, in Baltimore (1968–73), the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival (1971, 1975, 1981), the Rotterdam Phil, and Cons. (1974), the Calif. Inst. of the Arts (1974–83), the American Academy in Rome (1987) et al. He also was a visiting prof, at the Basel Academy of Music (1975), the State Univ. of N.Y. at Buffalo (1975), the Univ. of Calif, at Berkeley (1976), the Univ. of Southern Calif, in Los Angeles (1978), Yale Univ. (1980-81; 1986-87) et al. In 1965-66 he held a Guggenheim fellowship. He was given an honorary doctorate in music by the Peabody Cons, in 1970. From 1986 to 1989 Brown was president of the American Music Center in N.Y.

Brown, Helen Gurley - Overview, Personal Life, Career Details, Social and Economic Impact, Chronology: Helen Gurley Brown [next] [back] Brown, Clifford (Brownie)

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or