American Composer Ingram Marshall has Died, Aged 80

(Photograph courtesy: Nonesuch Data)


Born in 1942, Ingram Marshall grew up in New York State and studied music at Lake Forest School and Columbia College, the place he was concerned with the Columbia-Princeton Digital Music Heart — the oldest heart for electroacoustic music within the U.S.

Marshall later grew to become a graduate assistant to digital music pioneer Morton Subotnick at New York College and California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS). 

Growing an curiosity within the Javanese gamelan, Marshall traveled to Bali in 1971 to review the custom and alter his compositional model. In accordance with NPR, his early work displays the gamelan custom in addition to tape loop methods launched by composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley

Marshall additionally held educating posts at CALARTS within the Seventies, and Evergreen State School within the Nineteen Eighties, in addition to visiting positions on the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn School, and Yale College. 

His former college students embrace famend composers, musicians, and musicologists reminiscent of Timo Andres, Armando Bayolo, Christopher Cerrone, Tyondai Braxton, Jacob Cooper, Adrian Knight, Matt Sargent, and Stephen Gorbos.

Marshall was identified for creating hyperlinks between minimalist and digital music. Composer and buddy John Adams described the essence of his music as “deep and brooding…Though its generously layered surfaces are sometimes painted with a wealthy, virtually opiated luxuriance, the message is, never-the-less, all the time religious, one would possibly even say non secular, in content material.”

Moreover, Marshall’s works usually incorporate quotations, together with Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata in “Woodstone,” Bach in “Holy Ghosts,” Stravinsky’s Orphée in “Orphic Recollections,” and Sibelius — who was a favourite — in a number of different works. His best-known work is “Fog Tropes,” which he additionally labored on with Adams.

Those that commissioned and carried out Marshall’s music included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Corridor, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, guitarist Benjamin Verdery, and pianist Sarah Cahill, amongst others, in line with the Washington Publish.

His many accolades included awards from the Guggenheim Basis and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He’s survived by his spouse, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. A live performance in Marshall’s honor is being deliberate at Yale for the 2022-23 tutorial 12 months.

Our condolences to Mr. Marshall’s household, mates, college students, and colleagues.