George Edwards

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George Harrison Edwards (1943-2011) was named MacDowell Professor Emeritus of Music by the Committee on Education Policy of the Trustees of Columbia University in January of 2009. He was on the faculty of Columbia University from 1976, becoming an Associate Professor of Music in 1986 and Vice Chairman of the Music Department in 1989.



He has also been on the theory faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His undergraduate studies were completed at Oberlin College, and he received an MFA in Music Composition from Princeton University in 1967. Following his graduation from Princeton he was accepted as a composition fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he won the Koussevitzky Composition Prize. He was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship, the Naumburg Recording Award, a Koussevitzky Music Foundation Award, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, among other honors. Edwards joined the American Composers Alliance in 1971.

Articles by George Edwards, available in PDF reprint format from ACA:

"A Conversation about New Music" The Threepenny Review, March 1990 (2pp).

"Involuntary Affinities -  New Music and Performance in the Twentieth Century" Southwest Review (20pp).

"Music and Postmodernism" - The Partisan Review, Winter 1991 (14pp).

"The Pleasure of its being over: A view of contemporary music"  The Partisan Review, 1990/3 (9pp)

"Time Signatures" New England Review, Vol 23.1 Winter, 2002 (10pp)

ACA List for George Edwards

1 ASSEMBLAGE (1965)
fl, ob, bscl, wyl/mmba, cel, pf, gtr,vla

2 BITS
1-1-1-1, 2PERC,PF,1-1-1-1
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and bass

3 THE CAPTIVE
sop & cham.ens: 1-1-1-b.cl-0, vib, hpschd, 2 vln, 2 vla, vcl, cb

4 CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCH
pf, orch: 2-2-2-2,4-2-3-0,timp,mrmb, hp, str

5 CZECHED SWING (1994)
pf

7 GYROMANCY
fl/pic, ob/eh, cl/bcl, vln, vc, pf, perc

8 HERACLITEAN FIRE
solo str qtt, str orch

9 THE ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES (1995)
fl (altoFl), cl (bscl), perc, vln, vcl, pf

10 THE LEADEN ECHO & THE GOLDEN ECHO
sop,mez, alt, cham ens:1/pic-1-1/bcl-1,1-0-0-0,str(2-1-1-1)

11 THE MERE THREAD OF THIS
fl/afl, ob, cl, hn, vib/mmba, pf, hp, vln, vla, vc

12 A MIRTH BUT OPEN'D
sop, pf

13 MONETA'S MOURN
ORCH: 2/pic-2/eh-2bcl-2; 4-2-2-bstbn-0; timp, perc, hp, strings

14 NORTHERN SPY (1980)
1-1-0-(BCL)-0,1-1-0-0-,1-1-1,PF
fl, ob, bscl, tpt, hn, vln, vla, vcl, pf

15 PARALLEL CONVERGENCES (1988)
11 players: 1/pic-1- 1/bcl-1,hn, 1perc, pf, str1-1-1-1

16 PIECE FOR PIANO (1965)

17 PLUS CA CHANGE... (1992)
fl,ob,cl/bcl,mmb/vib, vln,vla,vcl
fl,ob,cl/bcl,mmb/vib, vln,vla,vcl

18 QUARTET FOR OBOE AND STRING TRIO (2004)
oboe, vln, vla, cello
oboe, vln, vla, cello

20 THE SCALES HAVE FALLEN FROM MY EYES (2004)
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello

21 STRING QUARTET (1967) (1967)
2 vln, vla & vcl

23 SUAVE MARI MAGNO (1984)
pf

25 TRIO for horn, violin, and piano (1987)
hn, vn, pf

26 TWO SONGS (1985)
voice, pf

27 UROBOROS (1964)
fl, mand, gtr, cel, hp, hpschd, 2vla, vc

28 VARIANTS (1964)
fl, bscl, tpt, tbn, vln, vla, mmba, vib, hp, 2pf

29 VENETIAN SWELL (2003)
Flute, Alto Flute. Oboe, Piano, Marimba/Vibes Vn,Va,Vc

30 WILD AIR (1975)
Alto, 4 recorders (aatb)

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