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Albert,Stephen(Joel)

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Albert, Stephen (Joel), distinguished American composer and teacher; b. N.Y., Feb. 6, 1941; d. in an automobile accident in Truro, Mass., Dec. 27, 1992. He studied piano, horn, and trumpet in his youth. He received training in composition from Siegmeister in Great Neck, N.Y. (1956–58), from Milhaud at the Aspen (Colo.) School of Music (summer, 1958), and from Rogers at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (1958–60). After studies with Blomdahl in Stockholm, he pursued training with Castaldo at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (B.M., 1962) and with Rochberg at the Univ. of Pa. (1963). He received 2 Rome Prizes (1965, 1966) and 2 Guggenheim fellowships (1967-68; 1978-79). In 1967-68 he held a Ford Foundation grant as composer-in-residence of the Lima, Ohio, public schools and community orch. He taught at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (1968–70), Stanford Univ. (1970–71), Smith Coll. (1974–76), Boston Univ. (1981–84), and the Juilliard School in N.Y. (1988–92). In 1985 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 1 st sym., RiverRun . From 1985 to 1988 he was composer-in-residence of the Seattle Sym. Orch., and later of the Bowdoin (Maine) Summer Music Festival (1991–92). As a composer, Albert breathed life into traditional forms; his works are marked by expert craftsmanship, intensity, passion, and lyricism.

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