Ben Weber

Biography

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.

ACE Publications

30 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Ben Weber CAPRICCIO,op 67,nos 1-3 vcl,pf
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Ben Weber INTERMEZZO, op 64 pf
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Ben Weber FANTASIA (VARIATIONS) -
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Ben Weber POOL OF DARKNESS, THE -
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Ben Weber ENCHANTED MIDNIGHT, THE; op 60 orch:2-2-ehn- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-2-btbn-1,hp,cel,perc,str
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Ben Weber BIRD CAME DOWN THE WALK mez-sop, pf
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Ben Weber PIANO CONCERTO op. 52 orch:pic-2-2-ehn- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-2-2-btbn-tb,timp(2),3perc,str
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Ben Weber CHAMBER FANTASIE, op 51 Solo vln,2cl,bcl,hp,2vcl,cb
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Ben Weber THREE SONGS for soprano and strings sop & string qt or str orch
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Ben Weber EPISODES,op 26a pf
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Ben Weber PRELUDE AND PASSACAGLIA Op. 42 2/pic-2/eh-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc(2), hp, pf/cel; strings
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Ben Weber SERENADE, op 39 fl, ob, vcl, hpschd OR vln, vla, vcl, pf
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Ben Weber IMAGE IN THE SNOW (film score) tbn, cel, vcl
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Ben Weber BALLET, op26 (The Pool of Darkness) fl,bsn,tpt,pf,vln,vcl
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Ben Weber CONCERTO op. 32 Solo pf,vcl obl,winds:1/picc-1-1/bcl-1,hn
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Ben Weber DANCE op 31 vcl
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Ben Weber AUBADE fl,hp,vcl
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Ben Weber CONCERT ARIA AFTER SOLOMON, Op 29 Soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, cello, piano
Sop, pf reduced version also available
Ben Weber SUITE no 2 for Piano (Piano Suite op 27) pf
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Ben Weber SINFONIA, op 21, for Cello & Orch vcl&orch:2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str(or w/pf)
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Ben Weber TRIO FOR STRINGS, op 19 -
violin, viola, cello
Ben Weber SONATA NO.2 FOR VIOLIN & PIANO op16 vln,pf
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Ben Weber BALLADE FOR CELLO & ORCHESTRA (or PIANO REDUCTION) solo vc, orch: 222/bcl2/cbsn; 2200, hp, pf, str
pf, vc
Ben Weber CONCERTINO FOR VIOLIN, CLAR & CELLO, op 11b -
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Ben Weber SONATA FOR CELLO & PIANO op17 vcl,pf
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