Brant, Henry Dreyfuss
Born: 1913 AD
Currently alive, at 102 years of age.
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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