Bubalo, Rudolph, American composer and teacher; b. Duluth, Oct. 21, 1927. He studied at the Univ. of Minn. (1945–48), the Chicago Musical Coll. (B.M. in composition, 1954), the Univ. of 111. (1952–53), Roosevelt Univ. (M.M. in composition, 1956), Case Western Reserve Univ. (1957–59), and Kent State Univ. (1965). His principal mentors were Becker, Jirak, Krenek, and Rieti. He was asst. director of the electronic music studio (1967–68) and a teacher (1968–69) at the Cleveland Inst. of Music, and also taught at Case Western Reserve Univ. (1968–69). From 1965 to 1967 he was a lecturer at Cleveland State Univ., where he was a prof. from 1969 until his retirement as a prof. emeritus in 1997. In 1970 he was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize, and in 1978, 1984, and 1993–94 he held NEA grants.
orch.:Spacescape for Orch. and Tape (1974); Modules for Large Jazz Orch. and Tape (1975); Trajectories for Orch. and Tape (1978); Clarinet Concerto (1982); Symmetricality for Piano and Orch. (1982); Strata for Chamber Orch. (1983); Concertino for Chamber Orch. (1984); Offset I, 3 pieces for Orch. and Synthesizers (1988); Cello Concerto (1991–92); Violin Concerto (1994–95). chamber:Theme and Variations for Clarinet and String Quartet (1953); 2 string quartets (1954, 1956); Divertimento for Brass and Timpani (1955); 3 Pieces for Brass Quintet (1959); Improvisations for Piano (1961); 5 Pieces for Brass Quintet and Percussion (1964); Valence II for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Tape (1966); Soundposts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1968); Conicality for Saxophone Quartet (1977); Organic Concretion for Alto Saxophone, Percussion, Organ, and Tape (1979).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire