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Burton, Stephen Douglas

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Burton, Stephen Douglas, American composer and teacher; b. Whittier, Calif., Feb. 24, 1943. He studied at the Oberlin (Ohio) Coll. Cons, of Music (1960–62), with Henze at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and at the Peabody Cons, of Music in Baltimore (M.M., 1974). In 1969 he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. After teaching at the Catholic Univ. of America in Washington, D.C. (1970–74), he joined the faculty of George Mason Univ. in Fairfax, Va., in 1974, serving as a prof, there from 1983. In 1996 he was selected as its Heritage Chair in Music, a lifetime appointment. He publ, the widely used book Orchestrtion (1982). With Gillian Anderson, during the years 1997-99, he restored the original film scores for Ben Hur (1926), The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Cecil B. deMille’s The Ten Commandments (1923), which reopened the restored Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood in 1998, and Douglas Fair- banks Sr.‘s, Robin Hood (1923?). While Burton’s music draws upon the totality of modern resources, it remains faithful to the directness, energy, and spirit of the American experience.

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