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Colgrass, Michael (Charles)

Colgrass, Michael (Charles) (b Chicago, 1932). Amer. composer and percussionist. Worked in NY as free-lance percussionist 1956–7, being specially concerned with th. work. Won Pulitzer 1978 with Déjà vu, for 4 percussionists and orch. Works incl. Percussion Music (1953); Chant, ch., vib. (1954); Seventeen, full orch. (1960); wind quintet (1962); Virgil's Dream, 4 actor-singers, 4 mime-musicians (Brighton Fest. 1967); The Earth's a Baked Apple, ch., orch. (Boston 1969); Nightingale Inc., opera (1971); Auras, hp., orch. (1976–7); Theatre of the Universe, solo vv., ch., orch. (1976–7); Something's gonna happen, children's musical (1978); Flashbacks, 5 brass (1979); Winds of Nagual, wind ens. (1985); The Schubert Birds, orch. (1989); Snow Walker, org., orch. (1990); Arctic Dreams, sym. band (1991).

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