Paul Bowles

Biography

Born: December 30, 1910; New York, NY   Died: November 18, 1999; Tangier, Morocco  
Paul Frederic Bowles was a composer of note and a leader among the young American artists in Paris in the 1930s. He is best-known, however, as a novelist; he is of considerably more importance in the field of American literature than in music. He became fascinated with literature as a youth and traveled to Paris to be part of the active American literary scene there. This first trip was not especially successful: The closest he got to writing was Read more working as a switchboard operator at the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune. He returned to the U.S., worked as a bookstore clerk, and took an interest in composing. Some of his early songs impressed Aaron Copland, who gave him informal lessons at his home in Saratoga, NY. Bowles' biographies often assert that he was a "student" of Copland, as well as of Nadia Boulanger and Virgil Thomson. Copland has insisted that he never had any students, in a formal sense, and Thomson said that Bowles did not readily accept the role of pupil and was essentially self-taught. Predictably, Bowles' one brush with higher education, attending the University of Virginia, was brief and of little importance. Copland took Bowles along with him on a trip to Morocco and Paris. Bowles remained in Paris, where he took one of his few successful courses, with Boulanger in counterpoint. A large portion of Bowles' musical compositions date from these years. They include a cantata Par le Détroit; a vocal work called Scčnes d'Anabase; and, after he returned to the U.S. in 1936, a ballet, Yankee Clipper. He began to specialize in incidental music for plays, especially those by his friend Tennessee Williams. In 1938, he married Jane Sydney Auer, who published incisively written fiction of her own as Jane Bowles.

Soon after the war ended and travel became possible, he was drawn back to North Africa, settling in Tangier Morocco. He shifted his main orientation to writing, producing a classic novel, The Sheltering Sky, in 1949. From then on, most of his efforts were in the literary field, although he continued to compose. Although based in North Africa, his penchant for exotic places led him to travel widely. He died of a heart attack in Tangier. Read less
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  • 1.
    Panorama Of American Piano Music / Yvar Mikhashoff
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 262 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Leo Ornstein,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Aaron Copland  ... 
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    Stopping By / Kyle Bielfield
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3445 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Samuel Barber,  Ned Rorem,  John Woods Duke  ... 
    Performer:  Kyle Bielfield,  Lachlan Glen,  Michael Samis
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    Tailleferre, Bartók, Et Al: Piano Duets /Clinton-narboni Duo
    Label: Elan Recordings   Catalog: 82404 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Germaine Tailleferre,  Béla Bartók,  Paul Bowles,  Randall Snyder
    Performer:  Nicole Narboni,  Mark Clinton
    Conductor:  Richard Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shepherd School Percussion Ensemble
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    Exiles' Cafe / Lara Downes
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30016 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Bohuslav Martinu  ... 
    Performer:  Lara Downes
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    Let Beauty Awake / Joshua Hopkins, Jerad Mosbey
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2615 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Srul Irving Glick,  Paul Bowles,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Joshua Hopkins,  Jerad Mosbey
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    Wondrous Free - Songs Of America II / Thomas Hampson
    Label: Thomas Hampson Media   Catalog: 5432 Release Date: 09/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Foster,  Edward MacDowell,  Sidney Homer,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Craig Rutenberg,  Wolfram Rieger
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    I Hear America Singing / Thomas Hampson
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 707062 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Ned Rorem,  Charles Naginski  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Malcolm Martineau
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    20th Century Piano Music / Bennett Lerner
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  William Schuman,  Phillip Ramey,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Bennett Lerner
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    The Medinah Sessions / Chicago Pro Musica
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 2102 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edgard Varčse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Pro Musica
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    The Music Of Paul Bowles / Jonathan Sheffer, Eos Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63685 Release Date: 05/02/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Bowles
    Conductor:  Jonathan Sheffer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eos Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Pastiche
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 522 Release Date: 12/08/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Bowles,  Gordon Jacob,  Nicolaas Schuyt,  Walter Hartley  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Fillmore Scott,  Fred Sahlmann,  Terry Mahady,  Dave Scott
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    Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye / Samuel Ramey, Warren Jones
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68339 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Paul Bowles,  George Gershwin,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Jones,  Samuel Ramey
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    But Yesterday Is Not Today - The American Art Song 1927-1972
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80243 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Helps,  Samuel Barber,  Theodore Chanler,  Roger Sessions  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Helps,  Bethany Beardslee,  Donald Hassard,  Donald Gramm
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    Music In The American Grain / Ramon Salvatore
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 05/31/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Bowles,  Hunter Johnson,  John La Montaine,  Robert Palmer
    Performer:  Ramon Salvatore
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    Bowles: Nocturne, Sonata For Oboe & Clarinet, Selected Songs
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7343 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Bowles
    Performer:  Irene Herrmann,  Roger Wiesmeyer,  Brian Staufenbiel,  Susan Waller  ... 
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    Paul Sperry Sings Romantic American Songs
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 08/10/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Theodore Chanler,  Arthur Farwell,  Virgil Thomson,  Paul Bowles  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Sperry,  Irma Vallecillo
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    Emergency Music - U.s. Choice / Double Edge
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 637 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Meredith Monk,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Mel Powell,  David Borden  ... 
    Performer:  Edmund Niemann,  Nurit Tilles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Double Edge
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    American Piano Music / Bennett Lerner
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1019 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Virgil Thomson,  Samuel Barber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Bennett Lerner
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    William Sharp - Works By Thomson, Bowles, Hoiby, Hundley
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80369 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Musto,  Paul Bowles,  Eric Klein,  Lee Hoiby  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Blier,  William Sharp
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