Sunday, July 11, 2010

Nice Tribute to Composer Jack Beeson

Peter Davis's tribute to the late Jack Beeson in today's Times is worth a read.

I really do not know Beeson's music -- I simply knew him as a character who would occasionally walk through the doors of Miller Theatre to receive a particularly warm George Steel greeting.

But Davis does a great job of describing what made Beeson an excellent composition teacher and also nicely portrays the Columbia music department at the time, citing the diverse set of then-young composers who were crossing College Walk around the same time as him.

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