Jacob Avshalomov

Biography

Born on 28 March 1919 in Tsingtao, China, Jacob Avshalomov was the son of composer Aaron Avshalomov and father of composer David Avhshalomov and violist Daniel Avshalomov. Jacob studied with his father, with Bernard Rogers, with Aaron Copland, and at Reed College and the Eastman School of Music. He taught at Columbia University from 1946 to 1954, at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Reed College, and at Tanglewood and Aspen. He conducted the U.S. premieres of Bruckner's Mass in D; Tippett's A Child of our Time; Handel's The Triumph of Time & Truth; and Roger Sessions' Divertimento for Orchestra.

He has conducted all over the world, including the Bloch Festival in Newport, Oreg.; Aaron Avshalomov's 90th Anniversary Celebrations in Beijing, Wuhan, and Shanghai; the Portland Youth Philharmonic from 1954 to 1994; six international tours; and the Moscow Symphony recordings of his father's music. Jacob received the Ditson Fellowship in Composition; the Ernest Bloch Award; Guggenheim Fellowships; New York Music Critics Circle Awards; Naumburg Recording awards; the Governor's Arts Award; and the American Symphony Orchestra League's Award. His commissioned works include Oregon: The Symphony,The Thirteen Clocks, Phases of the Great Land, Glorious th'Assembled Fires, and Symphony of Songs. He passed away April 25, 2013, in Oregon.

 

Interview with Bruce Duffie here

ACE Publications

30 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Jacob Avshalomov When Summer Shines -
SATB
Jacob Avshalomov PITTER SONGS -
med voice, pf
Jacob Avshalomov ARCANA - IMAGES FROM THE TAROT -
Mixed and Unmixed Chorus, tpt, hn, bsn, trb
Jacob Avshalomov SONGS FROM THE GOLIARDS -
SATB, cello
Jacob Avshalomov MOST TRIUMPHANT BIRD -
SATB mixed choir, viola, piano
Jacob Avshalomov GLORIOUS TH' ASSEMBLED FIRES SATB & ORCH: 3-2-EH-2-BCL-2-CBSN,4-2-3-1, PERC (3),STR 2111
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Jacob Avshalomov Entrada for Reed -
2 tpt, horn, trb, tuba
Jacob Avshalomov UP AT TIMBERLAND -
Fl, Fl/Picc, Ob, Cl, Sax, Bsn, Tpt, Hrn, Trb, Bass
Jacob Avshalomov OPEN SESAME!,for orch PIC-2-2-2-2,4-2-1-btbn,gl/xyl, timp,perc(3),pf,str(2-1-1-1)
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Jacob Avshalomov TAKING LEAVE OF A FRIEND -
Medium-Low voice, flute, viola, piano
Jacob Avshalomov QUODLIBET MONTAGNA -
tpt, 4 hrns, bass trb
Jacob Avshalomov THIRTEEN CLOCKS, THE; 2 narr(m,f)&orch 3-2(eh)-2(bcl)-2, 4-2-2-1,hp,cel,perc(4-5),2-1-1-1)
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Jacob Avshalomov CONTEMPLATIONS FOR NED -
mez-sop, vln, vla, vlc
Jacob Avshalomov CUES FROM THE LITTLE CLAY CART,FOR CHAM ORCH 5winds,4perc,hp, banjo,str 2-1-1-1
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Jacob Avshalomov HAIL THE 'GREAT LAND': Anthem for the State of Alaska VOICE & PF, OR CHORAL & PF
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Jacob Avshalomov CITY UPON A HILL (Cantata) ORCH:2-2-2-2-cbsn,4-2-3-1, perc(3),handbells,2-1-1-1 & spk,satb
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Jacob Avshalomov ONE,TWO,THREE FOR DAVID, for pf pf
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Jacob Avshalomov TWO OLD BIRDS sop,cl,pf
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Jacob Avshalomov CHI'ING T'ING MOUNTAIN -
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Jacob Avshalomov MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD satb, ww, perc
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Additional Works

Published by HIGHGATE PRESS INC

  • SONATINE FOR VIOLA AND PIANO
  • PHASES OF THE GREAT LAND
  • EVOCATIONS

Published by IONE INC

  • THRENOS

Published by KEISER CLASSICAL

  • THE TAKING OF T'UNG KUAN
  • SYMPHONY OF SONGS
  • RAPTURES
  • THE GLISTENING CITY
  • SYMPYHONY: THE OREGON

Published by MERION MUSIC INC

  • SLOW DANCE

Published by SONGS OF UNIVERSAL INC

  • PRAISES FROM THE CORNERS OF THE EARTH
  • PROVERBS OF HELL
  • THE SMILE
  • THE GRAIN OF SAND
  • WONDERS