Lots of things to celebrate, and people to honor...today marks the birth of Jacob Druckman, one of the great American composers of the 20th century. Composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic, Druckman taught at The Juilliard School, Brooklyn College, Bard College, Tanglewood Music Center, and Yale University, and his students included Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, and Michael Torke. A student himself of Aaron Copland, Bernard Wagenaar, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin, he was president of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, providing opportunities for young composers' works to be heard.
To quote Mark Swed: “At the heart of the works of Jacob Druckman lies the bold, sure, and often arrestingly physical dramatic gesture....Yet Druckman's scores have always exhibited another characteristic as well: that of careful structure, built with meticulous attention to detail. The process of integrating these two sides of his character...has been a consistent factor throughout the composer's development.”
Over at the KPAC blog, we'll honor another American composer who would have been 100 years old this weekend, Leroy Anderson. Don't miss hearing from Kurt Anderson - Leroy's son; and Maestro Leonard Slatkin, who is currently recording the complete Leroy Anderson on Naxos.