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Encyclopedia > Michael Torke

American composer Michael Torke (born September 21, 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), studied at the Eastman School of Music and at Yale University, and writes accessible music influenced by jazz and minimalism. Sometimes described as a post-minimalist, his most postminimal piece is Four Proverbs, in which the syllable for each pitch is fixed and variations in the melody produce streams of nonsense words. Other works in this style include Book of Proverbs and Song of Isaiah. His most popular work is probably Javelin, which he composed in 1994, commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympics in celebration of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary season, in conjunction with the 1996 Summer Olympics. Commissioned by Disney and Michael Eisner for the New York Philharmonic's Millennium Celebration, he penned Four Seasons, an oratorio for chorus and orchestra celebrating various aspects of the months. The 2002 ballet, The Contract, with choreography by James Kudelka and music by Torke, was a smash success. They are currently at work on another ballet, An Italian Straw Hat, set to premiere in Canada in 2005. A recent project for the New York City Opera fell through, leading him to create a musical instead. A composer is a person who writes music. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... County Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, (D) Congressional Rep. ... The Eastman School of Music is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Rochester. ... This article is about the institution of higher learning in the United States. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features. ... Postminimalism is a term utilised in various artistic fields for work which is influenced by, or attempts to develop upon the work of Minimalism. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... City nickname(s): The A-T-L, The Horizon City, The Capital of the South, The Phoenix City, The City Too Busy to Hate, Hotlanta, A-Town, The Big A, The New York of the South, The Big Peach, City of a Hundred Hills County Fulton County, Georgia Area  - Total... The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is an American orchestra based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Michael Dammann Eisner (born March 7, 1942) has been the head of The Walt Disney Company since 1984. ... The New York Philharmonic is an American orchestra based in New York City. ... An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...

A synaesthete, he is the composer of numerous pieces (Bright Blue Music, Ecstatic Orange) which include colors in the titles, later made into the suite Color Music. Does a form of synaesthesia exist in everyone? It appears that people may not attach sounds to shapes arbitrarily. ...

Other pieces include Rust (1989), influenced by rap and disco, Telephone Book (1985, 1995), Adjustable Wrench, and Ash (1989) and Mass (1990), which received critical maulings for their unabashed return to the style of Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

In 2003, he created his own record label, Ecstatic Records, on which he re-released a set of six 1990s CDs which were put out of print by the now out-of-business Argo Records. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Michael Torke Official Site
  • Classical Net: Michael Torke
  • New York City Opera: Learning Center: Resources Center: Biographies: Michael Torke


  • Boosey & Hawkes: Michael Torke Sound Samples

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Michael Torke - Biography - AOL Music (463 words)
Michael Torke is a contemporary composer whose works attract both classical audiences and the general public.
Torke later explored vocal idioms, starting with his Mass (1990), for baritone, chorus and chamber orchestra, and a television opera King of Hearts (1993), which was commissioned by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.
Torke is sometimes regarded as a post-minimalist composer, and this approach becomes apparent in his Four Proverbs (1993) for female voice and instrumental ensemble.
Michael Torke: Information from Answers.com (822 words)
Michael Torke, born in Milwaukee in 1961, has emerged as a contemporary composer whose music has been received with uncharacteristic warmth by traditional classical audiences and newcomers to "serious" music alike.
Torke's music is sometimes described as "post-minimalist," and this characteristic is at once apparent in his Four Proverbs (1993) for female voice and instrumental ensemble.
Torke was the recipient of one of the more high-profile commissions in the 1990s, a choral symphony in celebration of the new millennium commissioned by the Walt Disney Corporation.
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