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Kupferman, Meyer

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Born: 1926 AD
Died: 2003 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers

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1926 - Born on the 3rd of July in New York City.

1931 - At age five he was given the violin, a study that was so premature and uncomfortable he has little memory of it.

1936 - At age ten, almost as a joke or a dare while fooling around with his friends already in the school band, he began taking clarinet lessons.

1951 - As a young composer still in his twenties he became Professor of Composition and Chamber Music at Sarah Lawrence College.

1962 - His strong interest in jazz has been abundantly shown by such ãclassical-jazzä compositions as Concerto for Cello and Jazz Band, Sonata on Jazz Elements, Tunnels of Love, Adjustable Tears, Jazz Infinities Three, Jazz Sting Quartet and Moonflowers, Baby!, a solo clarinet jazz work which has received international acclaim as a result of Charles Neidich's spectacular performances throughout the Soviet Union, Europe, Japan, and the USA, all these works an integral part of his ãCycle of Infinitiesä ö a series of concert and jazz works evolved from the same 12-tone row begun.

1970 - His cantata ãComicus Americanusä was commissioned by the Kansas City Philharmonic.

1982 - Received commissions in Symphony No. 10, FDR, the Chappaqua Symphony for Wings of the Highest Tower, commemorating the Centennial of the U.S. Constitution, and the Nassau Symphony for his Double Clarinet Concerto.

1984 - The American Composers Orchestra premiered his Challenger and the Pro Arte Orchestra of Boston recorded his Clarinet Concerto for CRI.

1988 - He has received commissions from the Hudson Valley Philharmonic for his Jazz Symphony.

1991 - 1992 - He celebrated his 65th year with the premiere of his seventh opera, ãThe Prosceniumä, and several piano retrospectives with pianists Morton Estrin, Kazuko Hayami, Svetlana Gorokhovich and Christopher Vassiliades.

1994 - He continued as member of the faculty until his retirement forty three years later.

1997 - 1998 - His recent recordings include his Winter Symphony and his Concerto Brevis  for flute and orchestra, both of which were recorded for Soundspells on CD125, by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo with the composer conducting.

2003 - Died on the 26th of November due to Heart failure.


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