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Isao Tomita often known simply as Tomita, was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music and space music.




In addition to creating note-by-note realizations, Tomita made extensive use of the sound design capabilities of his instrument, using synthesizers to create new sounds to accompany and enhance his electronic realizations of acoustic instruments. He also made effective use of analog music sequencers and the Mellotron and featured futuristic science fiction themes, while laying the foundations for synth-pop music and trance-like rhythms. Many of his albums are electronic versions and adaptations of famous classical music pieces and he received four Grammy Award nominations for his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Arabesque No. 1 from Isao Tomita's "Snowflakes Are Dancing" LP.
 

Ursula Mamlok (February 1, 1923 – May 4, 2016)



  NYTimes Obit Ursula Mamlok was a German-born American composer and teacher. Mamlok composed extensively for small chamber ensembles of various configurations as well as works for piano. However, her compositional oeuvre included a few pieces for orchestra, including a concerto for oboe. Other works included several songs, as well as works for voice and chamber ensemble. Mamlok's husband, Dwight Mamlok, penned the text for her 1987 song entitled "Der Andreasgarten". WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Hamed Shadad, clarinet Kate Goldstein, violin James Rosamilla, cello December 12, 2013 Longy School of Music of Bard College Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016) was born in Berlin and immigrated to Ecuador in 1939 due to Nazi persecution of Jewish citizens. In the same year, she received a scholarship to the Mannes School of Music in New York, where she studied with Roger Sessions, Stefan Wolpe (a student of Anton Webern), and Ralph Shapey. After graduating, she taught composition at New York University and at the Manhattan School of Music for 40 years.
 

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