Kramer, Jonathan D. 1942-2004

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KRAMER, Jonathan D. 1942-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born December 7, 1942, in Hartford, CT; died of leukemia June 3, 2004, in New York, NY. Composer, educator, and author. Kramer was an innovative music composer and theorist known for his ability to successfully mix differing styles of music. His undergraduate studies were conducted at Harvard, where he received a B.A. in 1965, and his graduate degrees came from the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a doctorate in 1969. Enjoying a long career in academia, Kramer taught at some of America's best universities. He was an assistant professor of music theory at Yale during the 1970s, a professor at the University of Cincinnati during the 1980s, including seven years as director of electronic music, and professor of music at Columbia University from 1988 until his death. Combining styles that ranged from classical to jazz, Kramer won awards for such compositions as "Music for Piano, Number 5," and "The Sunrise Sonata," and released a number of recordings, including Renascence (1978), Five Studies on Six Notes (1982), and Atlanta Licks (1990). He was also the author of Listen to the Music: A Self-guided Tour through the Orchestral Repertoire (1988) and The Time of Music (1988).



Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2004, p. B17.

New York Times, June 11, 2004, p. C11.