Roger Reynolds
Roger Reynolds

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Name: Roger Reynolds
Occupation: Composer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: July 18, 1934
Age: 86
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds was born on July 18, 1934 in United States (86 years old). Roger Reynolds is a Composer, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Roger Reynoldsnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer whose work often incorporated text of poetic or mythological origin. Some of his source material was written by Jorge Luis Borges, Aeschylus, and Euripides.


He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for "Whispers Out of Time," a composition for string orchestra.

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Before Fame

He studied engineering physics at the University of Michigan. He became famous for "The Emperor of Ice Cream" from 1961 to 1962.

Biography Timeline


The seeds for Reynolds' focus on music were planted almost by accident when his father, an architect, recommended that he purchase some phonograph records. These recordings, including a Vladimir Horowitz performance of Frédéric Chopin's A-flat Polonaise, spurred Reynolds to take up piano lessons with Kenneth Aiken. Aiken demanded that his students delve into the cultural context behind the works of classic keyboard literature they played. Around the time that Reynolds graduated from high school in 1952, he performed a solo recital in Detroit that consisted of the Johannes Brahms Sonata in F minor, some Intermezzi, the Franz Liszt 6th Rhapsody, as well as works by Claude Debussy, and Chopin. Reynolds remembers:


Reynolds was uncertain about his prospects as a professional pianist, and entered the University of Michigan to study engineering physics, in line with his father's expectations. During what would be his first stint at the University of Michigan, he stayed connected to music and the arts because of the "virtual melting pot of disciplinary aspirations that then engaged him." Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus and James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man both left marks upon his perception of music and the arts. "I ... consumed [Joyce's Portrait] hungrily, stayed in my dormitory room for weeks, feverish over the allure of its issues, not attending classes and only narrowly escaping academic disaster...". According to Marquis Who's Who, Reynolds received a B.S.E. in physics from the institution in 1957.

Reynolds returned to Ann Arbor in 1957, prepared to commit himself to life as a pianist. He was quickly diverted from this path upon meeting resident composer Ross Lee Finney, who introduced Reynolds to composition. Reynolds took a composition for non-majors class with Finney, and learned compositional techniques with Finney's graduate assistant. At the end of the semester, Reynolds' string trio was performed for the class. According to Reynolds,


Reynolds met with Partch in 1958 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at Antioch College, where he received the "aphoristic commandment... 'Examine your basic assumptions.'" Reynolds notes that this did not imply abandoning those assumptions.


During 1960, Reynolds met with both Varèse and Cage in New York (and the latter again in 1961 in Ann Arbor), with Babbitt in Ann Arbor in 1960, and with Nadia Boulanger in Ann Arbor in 1961.

According to Marquis Who's Who, Reynolds received a second bachelor's degree in music in 1960 and an M.Mus. in composition in 1961.


Reynolds co-founded the ONCE Group in Ann Arbor with Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma, and was active in the first three festivals in 1961 to 1963. Other important figures in these festivals included George Cacioppo, Donald Scavarda, Bruce Wise, filmmaker George Manupelli, and later, ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny. The ONCE Festival was probably the most significant nexus of avant-garde performance art and music in the Midwest in the early 1960s, with programs consisting of both American Experimentalism and European Modernism. Reynolds recalls:


In 1963, C.F. Peters offered to publish Reynolds's work, a relationship which has been exclusive since that day.


During this time, Reynolds also composed The Emperor of Ice-Cream (1961–1962), which combined aspects of music and theater, and contained many of the features of his later music. It was composed for the ONCE festivals, but was later, in 1965, premiered in Rome.


Reynolds accepted a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs, which took him to Japan from 1966 to 1969. In Japan the Reynoldses organized the intermedia series CROSS TALK, which in 1969 culminated in a festival at Kenzo Tangei's Olympic Gymnasium. He also met and became close friends with composers Toru Takemitsu, Joji Yuasa, pianist Yuji Takahashi, electronics specialist Junosuke Okuyama, painter Keiji Usami and theatre director Tadashi Suzuki.


Several years after their visit to La Jolla, Will Ogdon, then UCSD's Department of Music chair, invited the Reynolds back to the area, offering Reynolds a position as an associate professor. He began work on establishing what became the Center for Music Experiment and Related Research in 1971, an organized research unit that later evolved into the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts. As was the case with the San Francisco Tape Music Center, the initial funding for CME came from the Rockefeller Foundation.


This string orchestra piece, Whispers Out of Time, was premiered in 1988 in Amherst, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1989. Reynolds later worked collaboratively with John Ashbery on the seventy-minute song cycle last things, I think, to think about (1994), which uses a spatialized recording of the poet speaking.


Around 2000, Reynolds began writing a series of short, complementary solos, entitled, for example, imagE/guitar and imAge/guitar. The “E” is more elegiac and evocative, the “A”, assertive and angular. As his interest in algorithmic transformation migrated towards real-time performance interaction, Reynolds produced two extended composition using the materials of a solo pair as his thematic resource. Dream Mirror, for guitar and computer musician, is a duo whose internal sections are framed by completely notated music, but move into a collaboratively improvisational interaction within these frames.


A composer-in-residence appointment at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (at UCSD) allowed Reynolds to finish his SANCTUARY project: an evening-length, four-movement piece for percussion quartet and real-time computer transformations. The completed work was premiered in 2007 at I.M. Pei’s National Gallery of Art, and later the same year repeated in the courtyard of the Salk Institute in La Jolla. The DVD that arose from this project was intended to alter the way contemporary classical music is received, because of the intimacy with which the performers knew the work and the audio-visual complexity with which it was presented. Steven Schick and red fish blue fish had been working on the piece for five years by the time the DVD was recorded. Ross Karre prepared a complexly scripted editing plan. The embodied experience that such intimacy breeds is very important to Reynolds:

Family Life

Roger's family was residing in Detroit when he was born. Roger married his wife Karen in the 1960s.

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