William Kraft Collection of Musical Compositions
Kraft was born on Sept. 6, 1923, in Chicago, IL; BS (1951) and MA (1954) in composition, Columbia Univ.; percussionist, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (LAPO), 1955-81; became the music director of the LA Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Players in 1955; became director of LAPO New Music Group in 1981; composer-in-residence, LAPO, 1981-85; recipient of Guggenheim fellowships (1967 & 1972), NEA grants (1975, 1977, 1979), and an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1984); his intimate knowledge of percussion instruments is an important influence on his work; his works include a number of large-scale works for orchestra and percussion.
Collection consists of holograph manuscripts, ozalid masters and copies, and photocopies of scores and parts of music for film and television by William Kraft. Includes scores for Avalanche, Bill, The Chisholms, The elephants : last day in Eden, Fire and ice, The Homeric hymn to Demeter, and Kirlian force. Also includes scores for musical compositions, including L'Arlesienne sweet, Da dit, Passacaglia, Theme and metric variations, Etude for two drums, English suite, Courante no. 2, Me and Mr. Stenner, Nonet for brass and percussion, Permutations, Theme and variations for percussion quartet, and Weavings.
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