A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Henry Brant

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September 15, 1913: Henry Dreyfuss Brant is born in Montreal, Québec, Dominion of Canada, the son of Saul Brant, a violinist, and Bertha Dreyfuss.
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April 21, 1930: The first concert of the Pan-American Association of Composers, led by Henry Cowell (33) takes place in Carnegie Chamber Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York. It includes the premieres of Set no.8 for chamber orchestra by Charles Ives (55) and Rat Riddles, a song for alto, oboe, percussion, and piano by Ruth Crawford (28) to words of Sandburg. Also on the program is music by Carlos Chávez (30), Dane Rudhyar (35), Henry Brant (16) and Cowell.
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February 6, 1933: Angels and Devils for 76 flutes by Henry Brant (19) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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January 11, 1940: The Great American Goof, a ballet by Henry Brant (26), is performed for the first time, in New York.
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April 22, 1944: The first three of the four parts of The Wayward by Harry Partch (42) are performed for the first time, in Carnegie Chamber Music Hall, New York: Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California for voice and guitar; US Highball: a Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip to the composer’s words for chorus, guitar, and chromelodeon; and San Francisco: a Setting of the Cries of Two Newsboys on a Foggy Night in the Twenties for solo voice, viola, chromelodeon, and kithara. Also premiered is Partch’s YD Fantasy for soprano, tin flutes, tin oboe, flexatone, and chromelodeon to his own words. The chromelodeon is played by Henry Brant (30). See 29 November 1943.
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April 14, 1946: The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowships are announced, including ones for Henry D. Brant (32), William Bergsma (25), and Gian Carlo Menotti (34).
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January 20, 1949: The Guests, a ballet by Marc Blitzstein (43) to his own story, orchestrated by Henry Brant (35), is performed for the first time, in New York City Center. See 28 January 1948.
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December 6, 1953: Rural Antiphonies for five orchestras by Henry Brant (40) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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May 14, 1955: Henry Brant (41) and Irving Fine (40) are awarded grants from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
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August 18, 1956: On the Nature of Things for solo woodwinds, strings, and glockenspiel by Henry Brant (42) is performed for the first time, in Bennington, Vermont. Also premiered is Concertpiece for piano and strings by Charles Wuorinen (18).
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February 10, 1958: Mythical Beasts for soprano and 16 instruments by Henry Brant (44) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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April 30, 1961: Violin Concerto with Lights by Henry Brant (47) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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January 14, 1964: Voyage Four for orchestra by Henry Brant (50) is performed for the first time, in New Haven. The spatial environment requires three conductors.
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April 14, 1970: Kingdom Come for circus band, orchestra, and organ by Henry Brant (56) is performed for the first time, in Oakland, California.
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June 8, 1974: An American Requiem for five wind groups by Henry Brant (60) is performed for the first time, in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The composition is in response to the Watergate scandal.
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November 10, 1974: Six Grand Pianos Bash Plus Friends for trumpet, trombone, three piccolos, six grand pianos, and percussion by Henry Brant (61) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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November 16, 1978: Spatial Concerto “Questions from Genesis” for eight sopranos, eight altos, piano, and orchestra by Henry Brant (65) is performed for the first time, in Tucson.
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March 6, 1982: Meteor Farm for two sopranos, three South Indian performers, two choruses, a West African chorus, jazz band, gamelan, and two percussion ensembles by Henry Brant (68) is performed for the first time, at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.
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June 18, 1982: Stern Grove Grand Ceremonial Overtures for drum set, two flutes, two clarinets, two saxophones, brass quintet, timpani, glockenspiel, and three marital artists by Henry Brant (68) is performed for the first time, in San Francisco. It will later be known as Horizontals Extending.
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February 18, 1984: Western Springs for two choruses, two jazz groups, and two orchestras by Henry Brant (70) to his own words is performed for the first time, at the University of California at San Diego.
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June 16, 1984: Bran(d)t aan de Amstel for three choruses, 100 flutes, three bands, four hurdy-gurdys, four drum sets, and four carillons by Henry Brant (70) is performed for the first time, on several barges plying the canals of Amsterdam.
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November 26, 1987: Instant Huddersfield by Henry Brant (74) is performed for the first time, in Huddersfield, Great Britain.
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April 12, 1990: Prisons of the Mind for 314 musicians by Henry Brant (76) is performed for the first time, in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas.
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February 25, 1996: Henry Brant’s (82) orchestration of the Concord Sonata of Charles Ives (†41) is performed for the first time, in Carnegie Hall, New York.
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December 12, 2001: Ice Field for orchestra by Henry Brant (88) is performed for the first time, in Davies Hall, San Francisco, the composer at the organ. It will win the Pulitzer Prize. See 8 April 2002.
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April 8, 2002: Henry Brant (88) is awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his orchestral work Ice Field . See 12 December 2001.
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May 26, 2002: Ghosts and Gargoyles by Henry Brant (88), a concerto for flute and flute orchestra, is performed for the first time, in Toronto.
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June 4, 2004: Tremors: Spatial Declamations for 4 singers and 16 instrumentalists by Henry Brant (90) is performed for the first time, in the Harold Williams Auditorium of the Getty Center, Los Angeles.
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November 19, 2004: Wind, Water, Clouds, and Fire for four choruses, solo instruments, and chamber ensemble by Henry Brant (91) is performed for the first time, in St. John’s Cathedral, Milwaukee.