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Jacob Druckman

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Born: June 26, 1928; Philadelphia, PA   Died: May 24, 1996; Milford, CT  
Jacob Druckman was an American composer and teacher known for his advanced sense of timbre and color. His music covers many genres and ensemble types, from chamber works such as Interlude (1953), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Windows (1972) for orchestra, and Animus III (1969) for clarinet, tape and live electronics.

Druckman began his career at age 10, studying composition and violin for several years under Louis Gessenway. His formal
Read more studies began during the summer of 1949 at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, Massachusetts, where he studied with Aaron Copland. He followed this with studies at the Juilliard School with Vincent Persichetti, Peter Mennin, and Bernard Wagenaar. As a Fulbright Scholar, he worked with Tony Aubin at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris from 1954-1956. Some of his other honors and positions included studies as a Guggenheim Fellow in 1968 at ORTF in Paris; professorships at Juilliard, Bard College, and Yale (where he was the chair of the music department); as well as composer-in-residence for the Aspen Festival, Tanglewood, and the New York Philharmonic.

As with many composers of his generation, Druckman began his creative endeavors with a personalized approach to serialism, and an exploration into the newly emerging field of electronics. One of Druckman's most distinctive attributes was his remarkable affinity for instrumental color and timbre. His electronic works are excellent examples, such as Animus I, for trombone and tape. Windows provides a remarkable journey into a kaleidoscope of orchestral sound, achieved by combining shifting instrumental timbres with striking harmonic colors. Druckman also believed that music should convey emotion, which was reflected by the theatrical elements he built into much of his work. For example, in Animus III, for clarinet and tape, the tape part symbolizes another, more virtuostic player whose intent is to gradually overwhelm and even demoralize the clarinetist. The gradual shift is further eludicated by interruptions in the solo part where the performer speaks to the audience, beginning with an air of confidence that later grows into uncertainty. Druckman's music also frequently refered to pre-existing works and styles. He was particularly known for literal quotation, often drawing from a wide range of European and American music history. In the orchestral Prism (1980), he draws on material from the operas of Charpentier, Cherubini, and particularly Cavalli, which caused a revival in the latter's works, in order to retell the myth of Jason and Medea from different angles. Druckman abstracts the borrowings into a skein of atonal lines and dense, textural webs. Read less
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  • 1.
    Druckman: Lamia / Shelton, Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    Label: Bmop/Sound   Catalog: 1029 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Lucy Shelton
    Conductor:  Gil Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
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    Modern American Bass / Black, McDonald
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80722 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Iadone,  Halsey Stevens,  Quincy Porter,  Jerome Moross  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Black,  John McDonald
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    Persichetti & Pupils / Richard Zimdars
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1310 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Persichetti,  Marga Richter,  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Richard Zimdars
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  • 4.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 457 Release Date: 04/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Moevs,  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Wanda Maximilien
    Conductor:  Arthur Weisberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 20th Century
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 167 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Goeb,  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Jan DeGaetani,  Gerald Carlyss,  Robert Ayers
    Conductor:  Akeo Watanabe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  New York Brass Quintet
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  • 6.
    The River Of Love / Halliday, New England Voices
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 988 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman,  Traditional,  William Cutter,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Pamela Dellal,  Robert Honeysucker,  Andrew Leonard,  Emily Browder  ... 
    Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
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  • 7.
    Points Of Departure - Lerdahl, Et Al / Orpheus CO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435389 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman,  Fred Lerdahl,  William Bolcom,  Michael Gandolfi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Milken Archive - Psalms Of Joy & Sorrow
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559445 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Waxman,  Zavel Zilberts,  Robert Strassburg,  Ralph Shapey  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Evans,  Alberto Mizrahi,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Justin Bischof  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Neil Levin,  Patrick Gardner,  Avner Itai  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Hebraeica,  Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir  ... 
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  • 9.
    From The New World - Cage, Cowell, Druckman, Feldman, Ives
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33737 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Sessions,  Jacob Druckman,  John Cage,  Henry Cowell  ... 
    Performer:  Lucas Fels,  Stefano Scodanibbio,  Francesco Dillon,  Peter Söderberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Fernando Sileoni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pollenza Banda Comunale Verdi
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  • 10.
    New York Philharmonic - Thomas, Et Al / Maazel,  Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80648 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman,  Stephen Hartke,  Augusta Read Thomas
    Performer:  Heidi Grant Murphy
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Hilliard Ensemble
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  • 11.
    American Classics - Druckman: String Quartets
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559260 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Curtis Macomber,  Carol Zeavin,  Lois Martin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music String Quartet
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  • 12.
    Druckman: Counterpoise, Etc / Philadelphia Orchestra, Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80560 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Roberto Díaz,  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Druckman, Thomas, Musto, Et Al / Clevland Chamber Symphony
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 03/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Jacob,  John Musto,  Augusta Read Thomas,  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Jeffrey Jacob,  Paul Sperry,  Laura Russell,  Marlene Rosen
    Conductor:  Edwin London
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Chamber Symphony
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  • 14.
    Jacob Druckman: Windows, Dark Upon The Harp, Etc / Weisberg
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 781 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Richard Fitz,  Gordon Gottlieb,  Jan DeGaetani,  Harvey G. Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Weisberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Brass Quintet,  Orchestra of the 20th Century
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  • 15.
    Earquake - The Loudest Classical Music Of All Time
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 894 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  Carl Nielsen,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Jón Leifs  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 16.
    New American Classics Written For Brass Ring
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 564 Release Date: 05/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Jacob Druckman,  Ned Rorem
    Performer:  Neil Mueller,  Claire Newbold,  Laura Klock,  David Kayser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brass Ring
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  • 17.
    Made In America - Druckman, Diamond, Etc. / E. Corporon
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11051 Release Date: 11/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Diamond,  Robert Kurka,  Dana Wilson,  Jacob Druckman
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony
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  • 18.
    New Cantatas & Madrigals - New Calliope Singers
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 638 Release Date: 06/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques-Louis Monod,  Maurice Wright,  Steven R. Gerber,  Miriam Gideon  ... 
    Performer:  Wilbur Pauley,  Steven R. Gerber,  William Parker,  Mukund Marathe  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble,  New Calliope Singers
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  • 19.
    Making Of A Medium Vol 10 - Beethoven, Etc / Verdehr Trio
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 940 Release Date: 12/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch,  Libby Larsen,  Jacob Druckman  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Verdehr,  Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr,  Gary Kirkpatrick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdehr Trio
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  • 20.
    Jan Degaetani In Concert Vol 1 - Fauré, Druckman / Luvisi
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9023 Release Date: 09/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jonathan Haas,  Jan DeGaetani,  Benjamin Herman,  Lee Luvisi
    Conductor:  Jacob Druckman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Brass Quintet
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  • 21.
    American Brass Quintet - Bolcom, Druckman, Shapey, Wright
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80377 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Druckman,  Ralph Shapey,  Maurice Wright,  William Bolcom
    Performer:  David Wakefield,  Chris Gekker,  Raymond Mase,  Michael Powell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Brass Quintet
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  • 22.
    Colgrass, Druckman / Slatkin, Saint Louis So
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80318 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Colgrass,  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Richard Holmes,  John Kasica,  Richard O'Donnell,  Thomas Stubbs  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Catherine Comet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Druckman & Rochberg: Orchestral Music
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80335 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Rochberg,  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Joseph Robinson
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 24.
    Juilliard Orchestra Conducted By Slatkin, Foss, Schwarz
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80381 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen J. Albert,  Joseph Schwantner,  Jacob Druckman
    Performer:  Gary Lakes
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Leonard Slatkin,  Lukas Foss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard Orchestra
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