Music of Martin Boykan
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR786     Release Date: 1998-01-01
Jane Bryden, soprano; The Brandeis Contemporary Chamber Players: (Sally Pinkas, piano; Nancy Cirillo, violin; Rhonda Rider, cello; James Orleans, bass; Christopher Krueger, flute; William Wrzesien, clarinet; David Hoose, Conductor; Lydian String Quartet: (Daniel Stepner, violin; Judith Eissenberg, violin; Mary Ruth Ray, viola; Rhonda Rider, cello); James Maddalena, baritone; Virginia Crumb, harp

Martin Boykan studied composition with Walter Piston, Aaron Copland and Paul Hindemith, and piano with Eduard Steuermann. He received a BA from Harvard University, 1951, and an MM from Yale University, 1953. In 1953–55 he was in Vienna on a Fulbright Fellowship, and upon his return founded the Brandeis Chamber Ensemble whose other members included Robert Koff (Juilliard Quartet), Nancy Cirillo (Wellesley), Eugene Lehner (Kolisch Quartet) and Madeline Foley (Marlborough Festival). This ensemble performed widely with a repertory divided equally between contemporary music and the tradition. At the same time Boykan appeared regularly as a pianist with soloists such as Joseph Silverstein and Jan de Gaetani. In 1964–65, he was the pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

At present Boykan is an Emeritus Professor of Music, Brandeis University. He has been Composer in Residence at the Composer's Conference in Wellesley and the University of Utah, Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York University and Bar Ilan University (Israel) and has lectured widely in institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, The American Academy in Berlin, etc. He has served on many panels, including the Rome Prize, the Fromm Commission, the New York Council for the Arts (CAPS) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Over the years he has taught many hundreds of students including such well known composers as Steve Mackey, Peter Lieberson, Marjorie Merryman and Ross Bauer.


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Elegy: I. Ist alles denn verloren
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Elegy: II. A se stesso
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Elegy: III. Agonia
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Elegy: IV. Der Spinnerin Lied
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Elegy: V. The Winters Are So Short
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Elegy: VI. Um Mitternacht
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Elegy: VII. A Bronze Immortal Takes Leave of Han
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String Quartet No. 4: I. Vigoroso - II. Adagio espressivo
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Epithalamion: I. Love Song (Prelude)
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Epithalamion: II. Scherzo
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Epithalamion: III. Epithalamion (Invocation)
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