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Anderson,T(homas)J(efferson Jr.)

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Anderson, T(homas) J(efferson Jr.), black American composer and teacher; b. Coatesville, Pa., Aug. 17, 1928. He studied at W.Va. State Coll. (B.Mus., 1950) and at Pa. State Univ. (M.Ed., 1951) before pursuing training in composition with Huston at the Univ. of Cincinnati Coll.-Cons. of Music (1954), Bezanson and Hervig at the Univ. of Iowa (Ph.D., 1958), and Milhaud at the Aspen (Colo.) School of Music (summer, 1964). He was prof. of music and chairman of the dept. at Langston (Okla.) Univ. (1958–63), and prof. of music at Term. State Univ. (1963–69). From 1969 to 1971 he was composer-in-residence of the Atlanta Sym. Orch. From 1972 to 1990 he was prof. of music at Tufts Univ., and also chairman of the dept. (1972–80). In 1988-89 he held a Guggenheim fellowship. Anderson played a major role in the revival of Scott Joplin’s music. He arranged Joplin’s opera Treemonisha for its first complete performance (Atlanta, Jan. 28, 1972). Anderson’s own works are audaciously modern, while preserving a deeply felt lyricism. His harmonies are taut and intense without abandoning the basic tonal frame. His contrapuntal usages suggest folklike ensembles, but he freely varies his techniques according to the character of each particular piece.

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