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Brant, Henry Dreyfuss

Born: 1913 AD
Currently alive, at 101 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Composers

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1913 - Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; son of Saul and Bertha (Dreyfuss) Brant.

1929 - Just 16 years old, he began writing experimental music around this time.

1926-1929 - Studied at the McGill University Conservatory.

1930-1934 - Studied at the Juilliard School.

1931 - He spent four years at the Juilliard School, during which time he wrote his first large ensemble work, Angels and Devils, a concerto for ten flutists.

1950-1953 - Brant began composing in earnest, and his work Antiphony 1, which premiered at a performance hall in New York City with five groups of musicians, marked the first instance when he was finally able to achieve what he considered a three-dimensional sound.

1953 - He also wrote for various radio network series of classical music, and he taught at Columbia University.

1955 - He became the first American composer to win the Prix Italia.

1956-1963 - Works such as the spatial opera Grand Universal Circus, Concerto with Lights, and Total Antiphony in 83 Parts, a work, followed.

1957-1980 - He also taught at Juilliard, and he was on the faculty of Vermont's Bennington College.

1976 - A Spatial Piano Concerto was written, and Orbits, published three years later, featured 80 trombones and one organ.

1982 - Brant used a brass band, a Javanese Gamelan ensemble, the Wesleyan University orchestra, and a host of singers and other performers in Meteor Shower, his tribute to the university's world-music program. "

1984 - A work titled Fire in the Amstel, referring to the main river of the Dutch city of Amsterdam, featured a floating symphony on the city's network of canals.

1986 - A large roster of performers was also necessary for Northern Lights over the Twin Cities, a Brant piece that debuted in a sports arena in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1989 - Married Katu Wilkovska.

1990 - He helped inaugurate a new Dallas Symphony Hall with Prisons of the Mind, a work written for 314 musicians, each of whom were carefully scattered throughout the I.M. Pei-designed hall to showcase its superb acoustics.

1992 - Brant's 500: Hidden Hemisphere, dating, was an hour-long outdoor work with three concert bands and a steel-drum ensemble that played at one another from across the reflecting pool of New York's Lincoln Center.

1995 - The plaza of this Manhattan arts center hosted another Brant premiere with Dormant Craters.

2001  -Glossary, a 2000 chamber work from Brant, had its premiere in Los Angeles in December.

2002 - Henry Brant won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his spatial-music composition Ice Field.

       - Brant was 88 years old when he won the Pulitzer Prize in Music, and he is the second-oldest living composer of spatial music in the United States after Elliott Carter.



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