Elizabeth Bell

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ELIZABETH BELL was born in 1928; graduated from Wellesley College (Music) in 1950, and from Juilliard (Composition) in 1953. She was music critic of the Ithaca Journal, 1971-1975; one of the founders and a longtime director of New York Women Composers; and a member of Board of Governors of American Composers Alliance, 2000-2004. She received grants and commissions from fine artists around the world, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Bradshaw/Buono duo, the Inoue Chamber Ensemble, North/South Consonance, the Putnam Valley Orchestra, and Vienna Modern Masters. Awards included the Delius Prize (Keyboard), 1994; first prize (1986), and grand prize (1996) in the Utah Composers Competition; many Meet-the-Composer grants.

There are three all-Bell CD’s: “The Music of Elizabeth Bell”, MMC 2082; “Snows of Yesteryear”, N/S R 1029; and “A Collection of Reflections”, N/S R 1042. Other recordings are on CRS, Classic Masters, VMM, and North/South Records. There have been six all-Bell concerts, including two to celebrate her 75th birthday: NYC 10/12/03, and Yerevan, Armenia, 4/28/04. Performed world-wide, she was a member of BMI, ACA, SCI, AMC, NACUSA, and other professional organizations. She passed away on December 19, 2016.

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ACA List for Elizabeth Bell

ANDROMEDA (1993)
pf(solo),perc, str orch
ARECIBO SONATA (1968)
pf
CONCERTINO FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (2015)
1111 1000 piano, strings
CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA (1976)
2/pic-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1,perc,str
DUOVARIOS (1987)
two pianos
FANTASY-SONATA (1971)
vcl,pf

bellfantasy_sonataexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Fantasy-Sonata; Stephen Drake, cello; Max Lifchitz, piano
KALEIDOSCOPE - ww quintet (1969)
ww quintet
LOSS SONGS (1983)
S, pf
MILLENNIUM (1988)
sop,cl,pf
NIGHT MUSIC (1990)
pf
PERNE IN A GYRE (1984)
cl, pf, vln, vc
RITUALS FOR ORCHESTRA (1988)
pic-2, ehn-2, bcl -2 , cbs-2, 4-3-3-1, timp, perc(4), str
RIVER FANTASY (1991)
fl/pic, vln, vla, vc
SECOND SONATA (1972)
pf
SIX LOSS-SONGS (1983)
sop & pf
SOLILOQUY for SOLO CELLO (1980)
solo vcl
SOLILOQUY for SOLO VIOLIN (1980)
solo violin
SONGS OF HERE AND FOREVER (1970)
sop, pf

07_songs_of_here_and_forever_i._cac.mp3

I. Cache Lake - Gayla Bauer Blaisdell, soprano; Max Lifchitz, piano
SPECTRA (1989)
pic/afl/fl; Ehn/ob; cl/Ebcl/bscl; bn; perc(2); pf/cel; strings
11 players: wind quartet, string quartet, piano and 2 percussion;

bellspectraexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Spectra - North/South Ensemble with Max Lifchitz
STRING QUARTET #1 (1957)
String Quartet

BellStQuartet1-3.mp3

String Quartet No. 1 - 3rd movement Kolot Ensemble
SUMMER SUITE (1982)
Pf

bell_summersuiteparts2and3excerpt.mp3

excerpt - part 2 and 3 - Jennifer Rinehart, piano
SYMPHONY NO. 1 (1971)
pic-2-2-EH-2-bcl-2-cbsn, 4-3-3-1,timp,perc(3),str

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