Jan Bach

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Jan Bach


Jan Morris Bach (b. 11 December 1937, Forrest, Ill. - 30 October 2020) was an American composer and educator.

Bach attended the University of Illinois and studied composition privately with several tutors, including Aaron Copland and Thea Musgrave. From 1962 to 1965, he served with the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C.

He taught at the University of Tampa (Florida) from 1965 to 1966 and at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois (music theory and composition) from 1966 to 2002. His primary performing instrument is the horn, and he is especially renowned among hornists for his horn pieces. He also plays the piano.

In 1957 Bach won the BMI Student Composers first prize. He later won the Koussevitsky competition at Tanglewood, the Harvey Gaul Composition Contest, the Mannes College opera competition, the Sigma Alpha Iota choral composition award, first prize at the First International Brass Congress in Montreux, Switzerland, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, the Brown University choral composition award, first prize in the Nebraska Sinfonia chamber orchestra competition, and first prize in the New York City Opera competition. He has been nominated six times for the Pulitzer Prize in music.

In 1982, he was awarded a Presidential Research Professorship grant. He was Northern Illinois University's nominee for the National CASE Professor of the Year award six times.

He composed two operas, songs, instrumental chamber works, and orchestral works.

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