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Aschaffenburg, Walter

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Aschaffenburg, Walter, German-born American composer and teacher; b. Essen, May 20, 1927. He went to the U.S. at the age of 11 and in 1944 became a naturalized citizen. He studied composition with Robert Doellner at the Hartford School of Music (diploma, 1945), Elwell at the Oberlin (Ohio) Coll. Cons, of Music (B.A., 1951), Rogers at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (M.A., 1952), and Dallapiccola in Florence (1956). In 1952 he joined the faculty of the Oberlin Coll. Cons, of Music, serving as chairman of its theory dept. (1968–73). In 1971 he was made a prof. of composition and theory, and in 1983 chairman of the composition dept., positions he held until his retirement in 1987. In 1955–56 and 1973–74 he held Guggenheim fellowships. In 1966 he received an award from the National Inst. of Arts and Letters. He received the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1980. While Aschaffenburg has employed the 12-tone system in some of his works, his scores are often embued with a meticulous expressivity.

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