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Composer: Brubeck, Dave (1920-2012)

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Year of birth1920
Year of death2012
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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RavelloContaminations IV: In Jazz Style

Grusin, Muczynski, Brubeck, Guaraldi
Luigi Tresca; Lorenzo Apicella
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Jazz and folk influences explored in Cleveland

Ravel and Bartók shared the program with Gershwin, Brubeck, Thelonious Monk and others in this imaginative program.
****1
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America from Brubeck to Copland

Keith Lockhart © Michael Lutch
Prom 71's excursion across America contained some great music, but delivered less than it promised.
**111
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Birmingham Royal Ballet's first mixed bill at Sadler's Wells is a bit too mixed

Lyric Pieces: Maureya Lebowitz, Yijing Zhang and James Barton in 'Elves' Dance'  ©  Bill Cooper
Opposites Attract was the title chosen to tie three pieces together in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s first triple bill at Sadler’s Wells this week, but that was optimistic: these three were so different in both style and quality that it was hard to find any affinity between them, or any sense of the company as a whole.
***11
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Biography

A Grammy® Lifetime Achievement award winner for his innovative work in jazz, Dave Brubeck is also a composer of many fully notated works including ballet suites, a string quartet, orchestral compositions and large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. He is
a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where recently a Brubeck Institute has been established to continue his legacy in music.

Following Army service in World War II, Mr. Brubeck studied composition with the French composer, Darius Milhaud, who encouraged him to compose using the languages of jazz as well as classical music. This led to the founding of the experimental Dave Brubeck Octet. In 1954, Time Magazine acknowledged Dave Brubeck's achievements in jazz with a cover story on him and his quartet that included saxophonist Paul Desmond.

Since that time, Dave Brubeck has received many honors internationally, including honorary degrees from universities in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, England and Canada, and a place in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. In 2006, he received the prestigious Laetare Award from Notre Dame University. He is recognized as a Jazz Master by the NEA and was honored as a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of the Arts and he has been similarly honored by the governments of France, Italy and Austria. In 2008, Condoleeza Rice presented him with the U. S. State Department Benjamin Franklin Award in recognition of his role as musical ambassador. In 2009, Dave Brubeck was a Kennedy Center honoree.