Kirchner, Leon

Kirchner, Leon, 1919–2009, American composer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. Kirchner studied at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, with Ernest Bloch , Arnold Schoenberg , and Roger Sessions . Although he used many of the most modern techniques of composition, including electronics, he was a self-proclaimed romantic. Among his works are orchestral and chamber works, two piano concertos (1953 and 1963); four string quartets (1950, 1958, 1966, and 2006), the third for strings and tape; and the opera Lily, 1974. Kirchner was also professor of music at Harvard (1961–89), a pianist, and a conductor.

See his memoir (2008).

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