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Richard Edward Wilson

Born: May 15, 1941

Birthplace: Cleveland

Nationality: United States

Richard Edward Wilson

Date of Birth : May 15, 1941
Birth Place : Cleveland

Richard Edward Wilson is an American composer of orchestral, operatic, instrumental, and chamber music. Wilson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was at a young age drawn to the concerts of George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. In 1963, Wilson graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University, where he studied with Robert Moevs and Randall Thompson. He later received an MA from Rutgers University. He is currently Mary Conover Mellon Professor of Music at Vassar College, where he has taught since 1966. Since 1992 he has been composer-in-residence with the American Symphony Orchestra. Richard Wilson's compositions are marked by a stringent yet lyrical atonality which often sets him apart from the established schools of modern American music: minimalism, twelve-tone, neo-romanticism, and avant-garde. Two of his works, Eclogue for solo piano, and his String Quartet No. 3, are considered high points of twentieth-century American music. His large-scale orchestral works include the Symphony No. 1, premiered by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Articulations, written for the San Francisco Symphony.

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