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If you like Ives and Bartok, then you'll find Erb to your musical taste.

Donald Erb, described by Nicolas Slonimsky in the Bakers Biographical Dictionary of Musicians as a "significant American composer," was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1927. His orchestral music has been played by literally every major orchestra in the United States and many in Europe, Asia and Australia as well. He has had commissions from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra and others. Erb studied at Kent State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music (where he now teaches), and Indiana University. He has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and Ford Foundations and has served as composer in residence with the Dallas and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. Among the many organizations that have honored him are the International Rostrum of Composers, the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Donald Erb, composer
The Watchman Fantasy
Gregory Fulkerson, violin, Audrey Andrist, piano and synthesizer

Donald Erb, composer
Aura II
Lynn Harrell, cello

Donald Erb, composer
Five Red Hot Duets for Two Contrabassoons
Bradford Buckley and Gregg Henegar, contrabassoons

Donald Erb, composer
String Quartet No. 2
Cavani Quartet

"Ever wonder what Godzilla's snoring sounds like? Probably like the contrabassoons in Erb's delightfully named duets. They grunt, wheeze, purr and gargle to delightful, entrancing, moving effect. But the real winner here is The Watchman Fantasy, a richly textured work based on an old hymn tune. Fulkerson is superb, coaxing an extraordinary range of emotions from his violin, from the playful to the violent. Harrell is aptly virtuosic in Aura II, a study in sound colors. The Quartet is a brittle, energetic work, the Americanized offspring of Bartok and Ligeti." (Classical Pulse)
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