Elliott Schwartz

Biography

Born: January 19, 1936; Brooklyn, NY  
This noted composer, writer, and educator studied composition with Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia University, piano with Thomas Richner, and theory with Howard Murphy; he earned his M.A. in 1958 and an Ed.D. in 1962. Since 1964, he has been the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music at Bowdoin College. From 1967 to 1979, Schwartz's guest appointments included visits to the Trinity College of Music in London, the College of Creative Read more Studies (U.C. Santa Barbara), and the Center for Music Experiment (U.C. San Diego).

During this period, his compositions included the Magic Music for orchestra (1967), Island for orchestra (1970), The Harmony of Maine for synthesizer and orchestra (1975), Eclipse III for chamber orchestra (1975), and the Chamber Concerto Nos. 1 and 2 (1977). His compositions are noted for their varied, imaginative orchestrations and rich palette of timbres.

In addition to his continuing duties at Bowdoin College, Schwartz held a distinguished university visiting professorship at Ohio State University (1985 -1986) and, from 1988 to 1992, he held a professorship of composition at the Ohio State University School of Music. Schwartz has appeared as a guest lecturer/composer throughout the United States and Europe (Cambridge, Oxford, Royal Academies in Aarhus and Copenhagen, L'Ecole National du Musique in Saint Germain-en-Laye, the Leningrad Spring Festival, etc.). His compositions have been performed by several major orchestras and chamber groups (including St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, ALEA III of Boston, New York Chamber Soloists, Atlanta Virtuosi, Lontano [U.K.], Esbjerg Ensemble [Denmark], and Spectrum [U.K.]) throughout the world. He has served as resident composer at ten locations in the States since 1990 and has been president and chairman of several music societies.

Schwartz's recent compositions include a seven-minute orchestral overture entitled Rainbow (1996) premiered by a combined orchestra of several thousand exuberant players at the European Youth Festival in Copenhagen. The title refers both to the many changing sustained timbres that are vigorously exchanged between the players and also to hopes for international understanding and "cooperation on a global scale."

The 18-minute Equinox: Concerto for Orchestra (1994) depicts the slow changes (density of foliage and embellishment, moods of "temperature" and "weather," changing colors, and so on) between the September and March equinoxes (when daylight and darkness are equal and "balanced") through a soundscape composed of a moody, romantic melody line, a Beethoven-like rhythmic pattern, and a Wagnerian chord progression that recur and evolve into a beautiful climax. Schwartz has a deep interest in the aesthetics of contemporary music and in developing approaches to perceptive listening that can be experienced by musicians and non-musicians alike. He co-edited both an anthology, Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music (1967), and Music Since 1945; and was the author of Electronic Music: A Listener's Guide (1973), The Symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1964), and Music: Ways of Listening (1982). He has also written for Perspectives of New Music, The Musical Quarterly, Musical America, Music and Musicians (England), and other publications. Read less
Browse 1-12 of 12 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Tapestry: Chamber Music By Elliott Schwartz
    Label: Metier   Catalog: 28537 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  Aaron Shorr,  Peter Sheppard Skaerved,  Nicole Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Longbow
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    Elliott Schwartz: Darwin's Dream
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1266 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  Alex Shuhan,  Elizabeth Shuhan
    Conductor:  Stephen Peterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borromeo String Quartet,  Ithaca College Wind Ensemble,  Electronic Media
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    Music From Six Continents, 1998 Series - Jacob, Schwarz, Patterson
    Label: Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog: 3047 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Patterson,  Elliott Schwartz,  Jeffrey Jacob,  Stephen Parker
    Performer:  Antonin Hradil
    Conductor:  Toshiyuki Shimada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schwartz: Chamber Concertos I - VI / Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    Label: Bmop/Sound   Catalog: 1013 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  Ronald Haroutunian,  Eliot Gattegno,  Nina Ferrigno,  Gary Gorczyca  ... 
    Conductor:  Gil Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
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    Elliott Schwartz: Hall Of Mirrors, Crystal, Kaleidoscope, Rainforest With Birds / Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet , Et Al
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 681 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  Elliott Schwartz,  Tom Goldstein,  Paul Hoffman,  Paul Vasile  ... 
    Conductor:  Tom Everett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet,  Harvard University Sunday Choir
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    Elliott Schwartz: Voyager, Mehitabel's Serenade, Etc
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 646 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  Kenneth Radnofsky
    Conductor:  Richard Hoenich,  Edwin London,  Szymon Kawalla,  Toshiyuki Shimada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Honors Orchestra,  Cleveland Chamber Symphony,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rochberg: Quartet No 3;  Schwartz / Kreutzer Quartet
    Label: Metier   Catalog: 92051 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Rochberg,  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  Bridget Carey,  Neil Heyde,  Gordon Mackay,  Peter Sheppard Skaerved
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreutzer String Quartet
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    Elliott Schwarz: Equinox
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80582 Release Date: 04/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  Thomas Parchman,  Krysia Tripp,  Michelle Vigneau,  John Boden  ... 
    Conductor:  Roland Kieft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands National Youth Orchestra,  Prometheus Chamber Players,  Fibonacci Sequence
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    Elan - Revueltas, Schwartz, Lifschitz, Kessner, Et Al
    Label: North/South Recordings   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Aaron Kessner,  Mary J. Van Appledorn,  Silvestre Revueltas,  Max Lifchitz  ... 
    Performer:  Max Lifchitz,  Don Lucas,  Kathleen L. Wilson,  Robert Stibler  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Aaron Kessner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North/South Consonance
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    Blue Dawn Into White Heat - Schuller, Schwartz, Et Al
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 517 Release Date: 03/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz,  John Zdecklik,  Anthony Plog,  Steven Edward Stucky  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Sepeda,  Adam Kuenzel,  Katherine Teitler,  Katherine Vogele  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Kirchhoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble,  Bergen Woodwind Quintet
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    Music From Six Continents - Schwartz, Görsch, Nuorvala, Etc
    Label: Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lawrence Axelrod,  Ursula Görsch,  Juhani Nuorvala,  Elliott Schwartz
    Conductor:  Szymon Kawalla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Schwartz: Chamber Concerto Iv, Souvenir, Etc / Hill, Bunke
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 598 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Schwartz
    Performer:  James Hill,  Elliott Schwartz,  Jerome Bunke,  Allan Dean  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Kirchhoff,  Edwin London
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio State University New Music Ensemble,  U. of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players
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