Vladimir Ussachevsky

Biography

Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911- 1990)  emigrated to the USA from Russia in 1930, was one of the pioneers of "tape music", creating the first electronic music in 1951 with his teacher Otto Luening. In October 1952, a live concert of electronic music by Luening and Ussachevsky at New York's Museum Of Modern Art was broadcast live, and caused a sensation. It included Ussachevsky's Sonic Contours (1952), which electronically modifies the sound of a piano. Ussachevsky was one of the most significant pioneers in the composition of electronic music, and one of its most potent forces. He produced the first works of “tape music,” a uniquely American synthesis of the French musique-concrète and the German pure electronic schools. He co-founded the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in 1959 and directed its course for the next twenty years as the leading electronic music studio in the United States. Two of his most powerful and innovative scores include Suite from No Exit (1962), from the film of Sartre’s play No Exit directed by Orson Welles, and the soundtrack for the avant-garde film, Line of Apogee (1967).

Other legendary works that Ussachevsky composed in this period were A Poem In Cycles And Bells (1954) for tape and orchestra (one of the earliest electro-acoustic pieces), which was based on Otto Luening's Fantasy In Space (1952) and his own A Poem In Cycles And Bells, and Piece for Tape Recorder (1956) for tape. Creation Prologue (1961), Conflict (1971) and Creation Epilogue (1971), three parts of the multi-movement large-scale Creation, were scored for choirs and electronics.

ACE Publications

22 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Vladimir Ussachevsky EPISODES (Fragments of Nostalgia) pf 4-hands
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Vladimir Ussachevsky DIALOGUES & CONTRASTS brs qnt,tape
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Vladimir Ussachevsky DANCES & FANFARES FOR A FESTIVE OCCASION 3-2-2-b.cl-2,4-3-2-b.tbn-1,timp,perc,pf,cel,str.
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Vladimir Ussachevsky DIVERTIMENTO solo EVI ,orch:1-1-1-0,1-1-1-0, timp,perc,str,tape
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Vladimir Ussachevsky CELEBRATION str orch,electronic valve instrument
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Vladimir Ussachevsky PENTAGRAM ob, tape
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Vladimir Ussachevsky STUDIES clarinet, electronic valve instrument live or pre-recorded
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Vladimir Ussachevsky COLLOQUY Orchestra, speakers from the orchestra, tape playback
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Vladimir Ussachevsky MISSA BREVIS sop solo,satb,br:3-3-3-1
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Vladimir Ussachevsky CELEBRATION 1981 -
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Vladimir Ussachevsky ENTRATA( DANCES AND FANFARES FOR A FESTIVE OCCASION -
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Vladimir Ussachevsky MINIATURES FOR A CURIOUS CHILD pf
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Vladimir Ussachevsky CREATION-PROLOGUE 4 mixed choruses,elec accompaniment
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Vladimir Ussachevsky WIRELESS FANTASY -
tape piece realized at Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center
Vladimir Ussachevsky LINEAR CONTRASTS tape
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Vladimir Ussachevsky METAMORPHOSES tape
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Vladimir Ussachevsky PIECE FOR TAPE RECORDER tape
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Vladimir Ussachevsky INTERMEZZO pf & cham orch:2/pic,1-2-1,hn,str
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Vladimir Ussachevsky AUTUMN I and AUTUMN II Mezzo voice and piano
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Vladimir Ussachevsky PSALM 24 ssaattbb,org
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Vladimir Ussachevsky OUR FATHER(from the Jubilee Cantata) satb
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Vladimir Ussachevsky PRAISE YE THE LORD satb,org
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Additional Works