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Share via Email Robert Starer, who has died of congestive heart failure aged 77, was widely regarded as one of the leading, and most prolific, American composers of his generation. He composed three symphonies , and and concertos for a variety of solo instruments - including three for piano, and others for piano duet, viola, clarinet with the Hebrew title, Kli zemer , violin and cello, the last two of which attained international attention through recordings by Itzhak Perlman nominated for a Grammy Award and Janos Starker respectively - a concerto a tre for piano, trumpet and trombone, and another a quattro , for four woodwinds.
His instrumental output included three string quartets, trios and other pieces for diverse combinations, including a saxophone quartet, Light And Shadow , three sonatas, and other works for piano. Starer was also active as an opera composer; his first venture, The Intruder, having been premiered in New York in Starer was born to Jewish parents in Vienna. He resumed his musical studies at the conservatoire in Jerusalem until This period may account for the Arab and Jewish influences on his music, especially with regard to its chromaticism and liberal use of dissonance.
He was appointed to the teaching staff at Juilliard the following year, and remained there until ; his pupils included the composers H Leslie Adams and Margaret Bonds. Between and , Starer also taught at the City University of New York, becoming distinguished professor in , and Brooklyn College, where one of his pupils was Mike Garson, the noted crossover composer, musician and collaborator with David Bowie and Luther Vandross.
In his later years, Starer took to writing books, includ ing a critically-acclaimed autobiography, Continuo: A Life In Music, two highly-regarded didactic treatises, Basic Rhythmic Training and Rhythmic Training, and, in , a work of fiction, The Music Teacher.
He was the recipient of many awards, notably during the last decade, including two Guggenheim fellowships, membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters , the Austrian Medal of Honour for Science and Art in , and an honorary doctorate from the State Uni versity of New York in He is survived by his partner and his son, Daniel.
Robert Starer, composer, author and teacher, born January 8 ; died April 22 Topics.
Robert Starer Rhythmic Training
Rhythmic Training / Edition 1