Brunswick, Mark

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Brunswick, Mark

Brunswick, Mark, American composer and teacher; b. N.Y., Jan. 6, 1902; d. London, May 25, 1971. He studied with Goldmark and Bloch; then lived in Europe (1925–38), during which time he studied with Boulanger in Paris and was active in Vienna. Returning to the U.S., he served as chairman of the National Committee for Refugee Musicians (1938–43); was president of the American section of the ISCM (1941–50) and of the Coll. Music Assn. (1953). After teaching at Black Mountain Coll. (1944) and Kenyon Coll. (1945), he was chairman of the music dept. at the City Coll. of N.Y. (1946–67).


DRAMATIC: Opera: The Master Builder, after Ibsen. (1959-67; unfinished). orch.: Sym. (1945; Minneapolis, March 7, 1947); Air with Toccata for Strings (1967). chamber:2 Movements for String Quartet (1926); Fantasia for Viola (1932); 7 Trios for String Quartet (1956); Septet for Wind Quintet, Viola, and Cello (1957); Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (1958). vocal:Lysistrata for Soprano, Women’s Voices, and Orch. (1930); Eros and Death, choral sym. for Mezzo-soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1932–54); 4 Madrigals and a Motet (1960); 5 Madrigals for Chorus (1965); songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire