Ben Weber

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William Jennings Bryan "Ben" Weber (July 23, 1916 in St. Louis – June 16, 1979 in New York) was an American composer.

Weber was largely self-taught. He worked initially as a copyist and only came to recognition in the 1950s. Weber used the twelve-tone technique but, rather than avoid tonality, he worked with it and achieved a virtuoso Romantic style. He composed chamber music for various combinations of instruments, orchestral music including concertos for violin and piano, piano music, and songs.

Among those who admired Weber's music were Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, and David Diamond.

Weber received the Thorne Music Award in 1965. He authored his own memoirs, How I Took 63 Years to Commit Suicide, the year he died.

ACA List for Ben Weber

1 AUBADE (1949)
fl,hp,vcl
2 BALLADE FOR CELLO & ORCHESTRA (or PIANO REDUCTION) (1943)
solo vc, orch: 222/bcl2/cbsn; 2200, hp, pf, str
pf, vc
3 BALLET, op26 (The Pool of Darkness) (1950)
fl,bsn,tpt,pf,vln,vcl
4 A BIRD CAME DOWN THE WALK (1963)
mez-sop,pf
5 CAPRICCIO,op 67,nos 1-3 (1977)
vcl,pf
6 CHAMBER FANTASIE, op 51 (1959)
Solo vln,2cl,bcl,hp,2vcl,cb
7 CONCERT ARIA AFTER SOLOMON, Op 29
soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin cello
Sop, pf reduced version also available

weberconcertariaexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Bethany Beardslee, soprano
9 CONCERTO op. 32 (1950)
Solo pf,vcl obl,winds:1/picc-1-1/bcl-1,hn

weberconcertoop32excerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Ben Weber Concerto Op. 32
10 DANCE op 31 (1949)
vcl
11 ENCHANTED MIDNIGHT, THE; op 60 (1967)
orch:2-2-ehn- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-2-btbn-1,hp,cel,perc,str
12 EPISODES,op 26a (1957)
pf
15 IMAGE IN THE SNOW (film score) (1952)
tbn, cel, vcl
16 INTERMEZZO, op 64 (1972)
pf
17 LYRIC PIECE op7 (1940)
STR QUARTET
18 PIANO CONCERTO op. 52 (1961)
orch:pic-2-2-ehn- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-2-2-btbn-tb,timp(2),3perc,str
20 PRELUDE AND PASSACAGLIA Op. 42 (1955)
2/pic-2/eh-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc(2), hp, pf/cel; strings
21 SERENADE, op 39 (1953)
fl,ob,vcl,hpschd OR vln,vla,vcl,pf
22 SINFONIA, op 21, for Cello & Orch (1945)
vcl&orch:2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str(or w/pf)
28 THREE SONGS for soprano and strings (1958)
sop & string qt or str orch
29 TRIO FOR STRINGS, op 19 (1944)
violin, viola, cello
30 VARIATIONS, op 11a (1941)
cl,pf,vln,vcl

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