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Usmanba§, Ilhan

Usmanba§, Ilhan

Usmanba§, Ilhan, Turkish composer and teacher; b. Constantinople, Sept. 28, 1921. He was a student of Cemal Re§it Rey at the Constantinople Cons. (1941-42), and then studied with Hasan Ferit Alnar (piano) and Ulvi Cemal Erkin (composition) at the Ankara State Cons. (1942-48); he subsequently received additional training from Dallapiccola at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summer, 1952). From 1948 he taught at the Ankara State Cons. His early works followed the ethnic patterns of Turkish folk songs, but he later adopted serial techniques, with occasional aleatory episodes.


ORCH Violin Concerto (1946); 2 syms.: No. 1 (1948) and No. 2 for Strings (Ankara, April 20, 1950); On3 Paintings of Salvador Dalifor Strings (1953); Gölgeler (Shadows; 1964); Bursting Sinfonietta (1968); Music for a Ballet (1969); Symphonic Movement (1972); Little Night Music (1972). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1947, 1970); Clarinet Quintet (1949); Oboe Sonata (1949); Trumpet Sonata (1949); A Jump into Spacefor Violin and 4 Instruments (1966); piano pieces. VOCAL: Musicfor Strings, Percussion, Piano, and Narrator (1950); Mortuaryfor Narrator, Chorus, and Orch. (1952-53); Japanese Musicfor Women’s Chorus and Orch. (1956); Music with a Poemfor Mezzo-soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, and 2 Violins (1958); Un coup de desfor Chorus and Orch. (1959),

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