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    Allen Anderson

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    Allen Anderson (Professor) received a Bachelor of Music (1973) from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters of Arts (1977) and Doctor of Philosophy (1984) in Theory and Composition from Brandeis University. A composer and Head of the Composition Area, he teaches composition, counterpoint and 20th Century music to undergraduates, along with theory and analysis courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Current composition projects include a work for mixed ensemble and three singers on the subject of the Cherokee Removal and a piece for the UNC Wind Ensemble.

    Mr. Anderson joined the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1996. Before that he taught at Columbia University, Wellesley College and Brandeis University. He received the Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty at UNC in 1999 and is a Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities.

    Mr. Anderson has composed works for Speculum Musicae, the Empyrean Ensemble, the UNC Chamber Singers, Aleck Karis, Thomas Warburton and Daniel Stepner among others. His work has been acknowledged with awards or commissions from the Guggenheim, Fromm and Koussevitsky foundations, Chamber Music America, BMI, League of Composers/ISCM (both the National and Boston chapters), the Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC and the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. In 2005 he received the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music is published by C. F. Peters and APNM, and is available on recordings from the CRI label. In 2005, he completed Arnold Schoenberg’s choral setting of the Appalachian folksong “My Horses Ain’t Hungry.” In 2008, he wrote the music for Iceblink, a multi-media meditation on the Antarctic in collaboration with photographer and UNC flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith.

    For information regarding the Composition Area at UNC, please

    visit the Composition Area page.

    Selected Compositions

    Some Ragged Spots, piano solo, 2008.

    Iceblink, multimedia work for soprano, narrator, 8 instruments and digital photographs of Antarctica by Brooks de Wetter-Smith, 2008.

    Instrument of the Tongue, songs for soprano and piano on poems by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Denise Levertov, Alan Shapiro and Robert Pinsky, 2007.

    “This Night, This Moment,” for a cappella chorus on text by Li Po, 2007.

    “My Horses Ain’t Hungry,” a cappella chorus, completion and adaptation of sketches by Arnold Schoenberg of the Appalachian folksong, 2005.

    Held In the Weave, for piano trio, commissioned by The Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC-CH, 2003.

    Salva'dai, for cello and marimba, 2002.

    All These Are Scenes of Life In and Around
the Rectangle and With An Opportunity For Mischief, for saxophone quartet, 2000.

    Collected Letters, for unaccompanied cello, 1999.

    Cloud Collar, for flute, clarinet,
horn, violin, viola, cello and piano, 1997.

    "A Breathing Too Quiet To Hear," for chamber
choir and piano to a text by Denise Levertov. Written for Susan Klebanow and the UNC
Chamber Singers, 1997.


    Casting Ecstatic. Curt Macomber, violin, CRI 898.

    Solfeggietti, String Quartet, Drawn From Life. Aleck Karis, piano; Lydian String Quartet, CRI 727.

    Charrette, Speculum Musicae, CRI 617.


    Allen Anderson, composer; Tama Hochbaum, photographer

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