Trythall, (Harry) Gil(bert)

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Trythall, (Harry) Gil(bert)

Trythall, (Harry) Gil(bert),American composer and teacher, brother of Richard Trythall; b. Knox-ville, Term., Oct. 28, 1930. He studied theory and composition with David Van Vactor at the Univ. of Tenn. (B.A., 1951), composition with Riegger at Northwestern Univ. (M.Mus., 1952), and composition with Palmer and musicology with Grout at Cornell Univ. (D.M.A., 1960). He was asst. prof, at Knox Coll. in Galesburg, 111. (1960-64); after serving as prof, of theory and composition (1964-75) and chairman of the music school (1973-75) at George Peabody Coll. for Teachers in Nashville, he was prof, of music (from 1975) and dean of the creative arts center (1975-81) at W.Va. Univ. in Morgantown. He publ. Principles and Practices of Electronic Music (N.Y., 1974), Eighteenth Century Counterpoint (Dubuque, Iowa, 1993), and Sixteenth Century Counterpoint (Dubuque, Iowa, 1994).


dramatic: Opera: The Music Lesson,opera buffa (1960); The Terminal Opera (1982; rev. 1987). ORCH.:A Solemn Chantfor Strings (1955); Sym. No. 1 (1958; rev. 1963); Harp Concerto (1963); Dionysia (1964); Chroma I (1970); Cindy the Synthe (Minnie the Moog)for Synthesizer and Strings (1975); Sinfonia Concertante 1989). CHAMBER: Flute Sonata (1964); A Vacuum Sopranofor Brass Quintet and Tape (1966); Entropyfor Brass, Harp, Celesta, Piano, and Tape (1967); Parallaxfor 4 to 40 Brass, Tape, Audience, and Slide Projection (1968); Echospacefor Brass and Tape (1973); piano pieces; organ works. VOCAL: In the Presencefor Chorus and Tape (1969); Spanish Songsfor Soprano and Synthesizer (1986-87); Mass in English and Spanish for Congregation, Organ, and Descant (1988); From the Egyptian Book of the Deadfor Soprano, Saxophone or Wind Controller, and Synthesizer (1990); 9:02 Hard Start Variationsfor Jazz Soprano, Wind Controller, Synthesizer, and Sequencer (1991); The Pastimes of Lord Chaitanyafor Jazz Soprano and Synthesizer (1993); Intermissionfor Soprano and Synthesizer (1994). OTHER: Electronic pieces; mixed media works; film scores.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire