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Baker, Claude

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Baker, Claude, American composer and teacher; b. Lenoir, N.C., April 12, 1948. He received training in theory and composition at East Carolina Univ. in Greenville, N.C. (B.M., 1970), and then pursued studies in composition principally with Adler and Benson at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (M.M., 1973; D.M.A., 1975). He was an instructor in theory and composition at the Univ. of Ga. (1974–76), and then a prof. of those subjects at the Univ. of Louisville (1976–88); in 1985, was also a visiting prof. of composition at the Eastman School of Music. In 1988 he became a prof. at the Ind. Univ. School of Music in Bloomington. He also served as composer-in-residence of the St. Louis Sym. Orch. from 1991 to 1999. In 1976 he won the Manuel de Falla Prize of Madrid. He held Yaddo fellowships in 1978 and 1980. In 1979 and 1984 he won Kennedy Center Friedheim awards. He held Rockefeller Foundation fellowships to the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy in 1982 and 1995. He held a fellowship (1990–91) and composer-in-residence grants (1993–94; 1994–95) of the NEA. Baker composed a number of eclectic instrumental scores in which he mixed both tonal and atonal elements. With his Awaking the Winds for Orch. (1991–93), he turned to a more freely chromatic style of expression.

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