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Jacob Druckman


Jacob Druckman, an outstanding American composer of contemporary music, was born in 1928 in Philadelphia. He is noted for dramatic orchestral work, a vivid master of electronic music and spokesman on contemporary music. He attended the Julliard School in 1949 where he took up music composition with Vincent Persicheti, Peter Mennin and Bernard Wagenaar. Thereafter, he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood; continuing at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
Windows, was his first success in orchestral work and won him a Pulitzer Prize. He garnered several awards including: a Fullbright Grant (1954); Guggenhen Grants (1956 and 1968); aPublication Award from the Society for Publication of American Music (1967); aThome Foundation Award (1972), and many more. His commissioned works include Aureole, Brangle, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Counterpose and many others. He also wrote for dance, films and theater.
As Professor, he taught at Bard College, Julliard School and Tanglewood. At Brooklyn College, he was Director of Electronic Music Studio and Professor of Composition. He was Resident-in-Music at American Academy in Rome, Composer in residence with the New York Philharmonic, Artistic Director of the Horizons Music Festival. He was Professor of Composition at the School of Music at Yale University, when he died in 1996.
Jacob Druckman


  • "Vox Humana"