Music of Irwin Bazelon
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If you like jazzy colors, bold harmonies and rhythmic energy!

Buddy Bazelon died on August 2, 1995 at the age of 73. He composed nine symphonies and more than 60 orchestral, chamber and instrumental pieces. Born in Evanston, Illinois, he graduated from DePaul University with degrees in music. He studied with Hindemith at Yale and Milhaud at Mills College. From 1948 until his death he lived in New York City and Long Island where he had a retreat which was the perfect counterpoint for the tensions and hustle-bustle of urban life with which his rhythmically complex and often jazz-tinged music bristles. In his early years in New York, Bazelon supported himself by scoring documentaries, art films and theatrical productions. During the 50s and the 60s he composed more than fifty scores of this kind, which proved to be an invaluable preparation for his orchestral music. In a valedictory of sorts he wrote Knowing the Score: Notes on Film Music. Published in 1975, this book is widely used as a college text. As guest composer Bazelon frequently lectured at leading universities and music schools throughout the United States and England. Young people were especially drawn to his feisty spirit and no-nonsense approach to earning a living by applying compositional talents to the commercial world without sacrificing integrity. A long-time racing enthusiast, one of his best known works, Churchill Downs (Chamber Concerto No. 2) is named for the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Irwin Bazelon, composer
Symphony No. 4
Rousse Philharmonic, Harold Farberman, conductor

Irwin Bazelon, composer
For Tuba...with String Attached
Rousse Philharmonic, Harold Farberman, conductor, Bayo Baev, tuba

Irwin Bazelon, composer
A Quiet Piece for a Violent Time
Rousse Philharmonic, Harold Farberman, conductor

"This release contains brash, largely unclassifiable, but expertly wrought and realized songs. ...Suffice it to say that these pieces are essential, and are here given inspired and ultranervy performances..." (Fanfare)
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