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Craft, Robert (Lawson)

Craft, Robert (Lawson) (b Kingston, NY, 1923). Amer. conductor, musicologist, and author. Skilled interpreter of mus. of Webern, Schoenberg, Berg, and especially of Stravinsky with whom he was on terms of intimate friendship, collaborating with him in recordings and in 6 vols. of conversations and memoirs. Encouraged Stravinsky to compose in serial method. Has also written Stravinsky: Chronicle of a Friendship (1972), and several other Stravinsky vols. Conducted Amer. première of Berg's Lulu (3-act version), Santa Fe 1979, having cond. the 2-act version there in 1963.

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