Milton Babbitt


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Babbitt, Milton,

1916–2011, American composer, b. Philadelphia. Babbitt turned to music after studying mathematics. He studied composition with Roger SessionsSessions, Roger,
1896–1985, American composer and teacher, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. Sessions was a pupil of Horatio Parker at Yale and of Ernest Bloch. He taught (1917–21) at Smith, leaving to teach at the Cleveland Institute of Music as Bloch's assistant.
..... Click the link for more information.
 at Princeton, and taught there from 1938 (emeritus from 1984). He was also on the faculty of Juilliard and several other music schools, and was associated with the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (now the Columbia Univ. Computer Music Center), which he helped to form in 1959.

In his exceedingly complex works, Babbitt attempted to apply twelve-tone principles to all the elements of composition: dynamics, timbre, duration, registration, and rhythm, as well as melody and harmony. He called this "total serialization" (see serial musicserial music,
the body of compositions whose fundamental syntactical reference is a particular ordering (called series or row) of the twelve pitch classes—C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B—that constitute the equal-tempered scale.
..... Click the link for more information.
). Babbitt composed many works for chamber ensembles and instrumental and vocal soloists. His works include Three Compositions for Piano (1947), three string quartets (1942, 1954, 1969–70), Composition for Synthesizer (1961), Ensembles for Synthesizer (1964), Philomel (1964) for soprano, taped soprano, and synthesizer, A Solo Requiem for soprano and piano, and Dual (1980) for cello and piano. In 1982 he received a special Pulitzer citation for his body of work.

Bibliography

See his Words about Music (1987) and The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt (2003); A. W. Mead, An Introduction to the Music of Milton Babbitt (1994).

Babbitt, Milton (Byron)

(1916–  ) composer; born in Philadelphia. After studies in both music and mathematics, he joined the Princeton faculty in 1938 and remained there, teaching music and occasionally mathematics. He was among the leading proponents and theorists of serialism, a system of composition that uses mathematical techniques. His works, which often involved the use of electronic media, include Philomel for voice and tape (1964) and Sextets for violin and piano (1966).
References in periodicals archive ?
Twentieth-century writers represented here include Allen Forte (but not Milton Babbitt), Eugene Narmour (but not Leonard Meyer), and Lerdahl & Jackendoff (but not Hepokoski & Darcy).
Susan has premiere works by Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Steve Mackey and many other contemporary composers.
Moving from Harvard to Berkeley to Harvard in the fifties and sixties, Cavell's story includes Robert Lowell, Roger Sessions, Milton Babbitt, W.V.O.
Moreover, one might say, as Milton Babbitt would, that Conceptual art is for the specialist, as is an abstruse proof in mathematics, and that there is no need to apologize for that.
The program includes "Philomel" by Milton Babbitt; "96" and "Mollitude" by Frederic Rzewski; "Echolalia" by Mark Applebaum; "Sequenza III" by Luciano Berio; "Yellow" by Stephen Vitiello; and the world premiere of "Philomel" by Justine Chen.
Los profesores son de los mas reconocidos compositores activos: actualmente son John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse y Milton Babbitt (realmente una leyenda).
Ross has keen antennae for ironies: the Central Intelligence Agency secretly funded an avant-garde music series; Broadway show-tune writer Stephen Sondheim studied with 12-tone high priest Milton Babbitt (who himself wrote a musical comedy--unproduced); in Hollywood, Schoenberg was friends with George Gershwin and Harpo Marx.
Professor Jochnowitz does not mention Irving Fine (1914-1956), who had a wonderful lyric gift, Milton Babbitt (b.
Milton Babbitt's music is not to everybody's taste.
Lieberson studied composition with Milton Babbitt, Charles Wuorinen and Donald Martino, eventually earning his doctorate at Brandeis.
On 2 May 1998, a symposium in honor of Milton Babbitt was held at the Library of Congress to celebrate the donation of his papers, which will be housed in the Library's Music Division.
Another of his pupils, Irving Fine - like Milton Babbitt and William Schuman - wrote unsuccessful popular songs.