Seymour Shifrin Edit Profile
Shifrin studied with William Schuman, Otto Luening, and Darius Milhaud.
Member faculty University of California at Berkeley, 1952-1966, associate professor, 1960-1964, professor music, 1964-1966. Professor music Brandeis U., since 1966. Director Koussevitzky Found, Inc.
Advisory board Koussevitzky Found, Library of Congress. Commissioned for composition Julliard School Music, 1953, Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1958, Composers Forum, 1958-1959, C. F. Peters, New York City, 1958-1959, Fromm Foundation, 1961, Rosemary Harbison, 1968, Temple Emmanuel, San Francisco, 1969, Stanley Quartet University of Michigan, 1970, Robert Helps, 1971, San Francisco Chamber Music Society, 1973, Naumburg Foundation, National Foundation for Arts, 1976. Compositions include: Sonata for Cello and Piano, 1948, Music for Orchestra, 1948, String Quartet, Four Cantos for Piano, Cat and the Moon, 1949, Composition for Piano, 1950, No Second Troy, 1952, Chamber Symphony, Spring and Fall, 1953, Medieval Latin Lyric, Serenade for Five Instruments, 1954, Trauermusik, 1956, Cantata, 1957, Three Pieces for Orchestra, 1958, Modern Temper, Hear O Ye Heavens, 1959, Concert Piece for Solo Violin, 1959.
String Quartet Northern 2. Odes of Shang, for chorus, piano and percussion, 1962. Satires of Circumstance, soprano and 6 instruments, 1964.
String Quartet Northern 3, 1966. String Quartet Northern 4, 1967. In Eius Memoriam for Mixed Quintet, 1968.
Duo for violin and piano, 1969. Chronicles for chorus, orchestra, soloists, 1970. String Quartet Northern 5, 1972.
Responses for Piano Solo, 1973. Piano Trio, 1974; A Renaissance Garland for Soprano, Tenor, Recorder and Lute, Viol, 1975. The Nick of Time, 1977.
Five Last Songs, 1979.
A graduate of Columbia University (MA, 1947), he was a member of the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley (1952–66) and at Brandeis University from 1966 until his death in 1979.
Married Miriam Levine, June 6, 1947. Children: Theodore, Susan.
Award for composition Fromm Foundation, Chicago, 1953. Guggenheim fellow in composition, 1956-1957. 59-60; grant National Institute Arts and Letters, 1957.
Creative arts award Brandeis U., 1959. Award Copley Foundation, 1961. Award Koussevitzky Foundation, Library of Congress, 1963.
Horblit merit award Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1963. Fine Arts Music Foundation commission String Quartet #4, 1966. Koussevitzky International Recording award, 1970.