Elias Tanenbaum

Biography

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)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Elias Tanenbaum CANON FOR STRING ORCHESTRA vn1,vn2,va,vc,db
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Elias Tanenbaum TWO SHORT MOVEMENTS FOR BRASS QUINTET pt 1, tpt 2, trmb 1, trmb 2, trmb instead of horn. no horn part
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Elias Tanenbaum CAPE COD GIRLS vn1,vn2,va,vc,db,pf (oversized score)
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Elias Tanenbaum DUO FOR TWO CLARINETS IN B FLAT 2 Bb clarinets
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Elias Tanenbaum SONATINA for unaccompanied clarinet cl
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Elias Tanenbaum DIVERTIMENTO FOR STRING ORCHESTRA, PIANO, AND PERCUSSION strings, piano, timpani, perc
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Elias Tanenbaum ALLEGRO FOR ORCHESTRA 2222 4221 timp, perc (1), string section
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Elias Tanenbaum RONDO FOR PIANO pf
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Elias Tanenbaum STRING QUARTET NO.1 str qrt
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Elias Tanenbaum SONATINA FOR PIANO pf
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Elias Tanenbaum SONATINA for woodwind quintet ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn
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Elias Tanenbaum CONCERTANTE NO.1 orch:2pic/fl,2,2,2-cbsn, 4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str
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Elias Tanenbaum LITTLE SERENADE pf
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Elias Tanenbaum SYMPHONY NO.1 IN ONE MOVEMENT orch:2-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str
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Elias Tanenbaum CHAMBER PIECE NO.1 fl,cl,perc,pf,vcl
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Elias Tanenbaum STRING QUARTET NO.2 str qrt
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Elias Tanenbaum CYGNOLOGY vc,pic/fl,cl/bcl,str
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Elias Tanenbaum CONCERTANTE NO.2 orch:2-2-ehn-2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1, timp,2perc,hp,str
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Elias Tanenbaum FANTASIA for Violin and Piano vln,pf
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Elias Tanenbaum TRIO FOR FLUTE, TENOR VIOLIN (OR CELLO), AND BASS TROMBONE fl (alto fl-picc), tenor vn (sounding 1 oct lower, alt vc), bass tbn (alt db)
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Elias Tanenbaum VARIATIONS FOR ORCHESTRA orch:2/pic-2-ehn-2- bcl-alsax-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str
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Elias Tanenbaum SONATA FOR PIANO pf
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Elias Tanenbaum FOUR PIECES solo speaking voice,pf
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Elias Tanenbaum PETER QUINCE AT THE CLAVIER sop,fl,pic,cl,btbn,gtr,vla
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Elias Tanenbaum WOODWIND QUINTET NO.2 ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn
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