Elias Tanenbaum


Born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Tanenbaum studied trumpet at an early age and played with many jazz bands. After serving with the U.S. Army in World War II, he received a B.S. from the Juilliard School of Music in 1949, and an M.A. from Columbia University. He studied composition with Dante Fiorillo, Bohuslav Martinu, Otto Luening and Wallingford Riegger. Mr. Tanenbaum composed over 100 works in all idioms. Works include music for concert, jazz, theater, television, ballet and electronic and comptuer music. His music has been performed extensively throught this country, Europe and Japan by orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonia, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic and many other performing groups. His many awards and grants include a WCBS commission, a MacDowell Fellowship, a commission from the Chicago Symphony, two Composers Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1974 and 1989, a Ford Foundation Recording Grant in 1970, an American Composers Allience Recording Award in 1975 and 1979, Composers Grant from the New York State Foundation for the Arts in 1989 and numerous "Meet the Composer" grants. Mr. Tanenbaum was the Founding Director of the Electronic Computer Music Studio and a member of the composition faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He held that post from 1970 until his retirement. In addition, Mr. Tanenbaum was a visiting composer at the California Institute for the Arts in 1983 and a visiting lecturer at Stuttgart Conservatory in 1993. He was married to pianist Mary Tanenbaum in 1952. They have two children, David and Jacob, and three grandchildren. He was awarded the purple heart in 1944.

ACE Publications

133 title(s)
Elias Tanenbaum MUSIC FOR GUITAR gtr
Elias Tanenbaum MUSIC FOR PIANO pf
Elias Tanenbaum MUSIC FOR THREE CHAMBER GROUPS cham orch divided into 3groups(ww/perc-br/perc-str/perc):1alfl/pic-1/ehn-1-1-cbsn, 2-1-1-1,3perc,hp,str(2-1-1-0)
Elias Tanenbaum NAJAF piano
Elias Tanenbaum NOVE fl/pic/alfl,cl/alsax,bsn,tpt,tbn,perc,pf,vln,cb
Elias Tanenbaum Octatonic Haze
Elias Tanenbaum OFF-CENTER cl,bsn,hn,vln,cb
Elias Tanenbaum PARALLEL WORLDS orch:2-2-2-2,4-3-3-1, 4perc/cel,str & tape
Elias Tanenbaum Passion for an Athiest String quintet, 2 percussion, piano
Elias Tanenbaum PATTERNS br qnt:2-1-1-btb & tape
Elias Tanenbaum PATTERNS AND IMPROVISATIONS br qnt,tape
Elias Tanenbaum PETER QUINCE AT THE CLAVIER sop,fl,pic,cl,btbn,gtr,vla
Elias Tanenbaum PHANTASIES OF A PRISONER, THE bar,cham orch:pic/fl/alfl, cl/alsax,tpt,tbn,perc,hp,vln,vcl
Elias Tanenbaum PIANO MUSIC pf
Elias Tanenbaum PIANO & TAPE pf,tape
Elias Tanenbaum PIANO TRIO(1993)
Elias Tanenbaum RAIN AND FOG- A SUNNY DAY children's chorus,pf,perc
Elias Tanenbaum REFLECTED IMAGES fl,gtr
Elias Tanenbaum REMEMBRANCE fl,alsax,2perc,vln,vcl,cb,tape
Elias Tanenbaum REMEMBRANCE II (Parker Variations)
Elias Tanenbaum RITUALS & REACTIONS female soloist,chorus,2tpt,3tbn, 3perc,dancer or mime,tape
Elias Tanenbaum Roaming Star Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
Elias Tanenbaum RONDO FOR PIANO pf
Elias Tanenbaum SAX QUARTET SATB Saxophones
Elias Tanenbaum SHADOWS gtr,str qrt

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