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Mailman, Martin

Mailman, Martin

Mailman, Martin, American composer, conductor, and teacher; b. N.Y., June 30, 1932; d. Denton, Tex., April 18, 2000. He studied composition with Mennini, Barlow, Rogers, and Hanson at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.M., 1954; M.M., 1955; Ph.D., 1960). He taught at the U.S. Naval School of Music during his naval service (1955–57). After teaching at the Eastman School of Music (1958–59), he was composer-in-residence of Jacksonville, Fla., under a Ford Foundation grant (1959–61). During the summers of 1960–61 and 1983, he taught at the Brevard Music Center. From 1961 to 1966 he was composer-in-residence and prof. of music at East Carolina Coll. He also taught at W.Va. Univ. (summer, 1963). In 1966 he joined the faculty of North Tex. State Univ. (later the Univ. of North Tex.) in Denton, where he served as Regents Prof. of Music (from 1987) and as composer-in-residence (from 1990). He was active as a guest conductor, composer, and lecturer at more than 80 colleges and univs. In 1982 he won the Queen Marie-Jose Prize for Composition for his Violin Concerto and an NE A grant, in 1983 he received the American Bandmasters Assn./NABIM Award for his Exaltations, and in 1989 he won the National Band Assn./Band Mans Award and the American Bandmasters Assn./Ostwald Award for his For Precious Friends Hid in Death’s Dateless Night.


dramatic: The Hunted, opera (Rochester, N.Y., April 27, 1959); Mirrors, multimedia theater piece (1986). orch.:Dance in 2 Moods (1952); Autumn Landscape (1954); Jubilate (1955); Elegy (1955); Cantiones (1957); Prelude and Fugue No. 1 (1959) and No. 2 (1963); Partita for Strings (1960); Gateway City Overture (1960); Suite in 3 Movements (1961); Sinfonietta (1964); 3 syms. (1969; 1979; Fantasies, 1983); Generations 2 for 3 String Orchs. and Percussion (1969); Violin Concerto (1982); Elegy for Strings (1985); Mirror Music (1987); Dance Imageries (1998). band:Partita (1958); Commencement March (1960); 4 Miniatures (1960); Geometries No. 1 (1961), No. 2 (1962), No. 3 (1965), No. 4 (1968), and No. 5 (1976); Alarums (1962); Concertino for Trumpet and Band (1963); Liturgical Music (1964); Associations No. 1 (1968–69); In Memoriam Frankie Newton (1970); Shouts, Hymns and Praises (1972); Night Vigil (1980); Exaltations (1981); For Precious Friends Hid in Death’s Dateless Night (1988); Toward the 2nd Century (1989); Clarinet Concertino (1990); Bouquets (1991); Secular Litanies (1993); Concerto (1993); Pledges (1998). chamber:Promenade for Brass and Percussion (1953); Brevard Fanfare for Brass (1961); 2 string quartets (1962, 1995); 4 Divisions for Percussion Ensemble (1966); Partita No. 4 for 9 Players (1967); 2 Fanfares for Brass (1970); Clastics: Formations for Cello (1977); Clastics 2 for Euphonium and Percussion (1979); Nocturne for Trumpet Choir (1985); Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1985); For Precious Friends Hid in Death’s Dateless Night for Wind Ensemble (1988); Surfaces for Wind Quintet (1991); Fanfare Folio (1997). piano:Petite Partita (1961); Variations on a Short Theme (1966); Martha’s Vineyard (1969); In Memoriam Silvio Scionti (1974); Clastics 3 for 2 Pianos (1980); 6 Brief Obituaries (1988). vocal:Alleluia for Chorus and Band (1960); Genesis Resurrected for Narrator, Chorus, and Orch. (1961); Leaves of Grass for Narrator, Chorus, and Band (1963); Shakespearean Serenade for Chorus and 4 Instruments (1968); Requiem, Requiem for Chorus, Soloists, and Orch. (1970); Let Us Now Praise Famous Men for Voice, Narrators, and Band (1975); Wind Across the Nations for Voice, Piano, Percussion, Flute, and Guitar (1975); Generations 3: Messengers for Children’s Choruses, Voice, and Stage Band (1977); Soft Sounds for a Wordless Night for Chorus (1979); Secular Hours for Chorus (1982); Cantata for Soloists, Jazz Chorus, and Large Jazz Ensemble (1984); Love Letters from Margaret for Soprano and Orch. (1991); Agnus Dei for Chorus (1994); Colleagues Remembered (1995); Choral Greetings (1998); Vocalise (1999).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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