White, Michael, American composer and teacher; b. Chicago, March 6, 1931. He studied at the Chicago Musical Coll. and at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. with Peter Mennin. In 1963 he received a Guggenheim fellowship. He taught at the Oberlin (Ohio) Coll. Cons, of Music (1964-66), the Philadelphia Coll. of Performing Arts (1966-79), and the Juilliard School in N.Y. (from 1979). Among his works are several operas, including Metamorphosis (1968), Opposites for Wind Ensemble (1970), Passion According to a Cynic (1971), Violin Concerto (1979), Double Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orch. (1981), The 3 Muses for Harpsichord (1984), Museum Pieces for Flute and Guitar (1987), Sonata for Solo Viola (1988), other chamber pieces, guitar music, choruses, and song cycles.
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