Paul A. Epstein's compositions include two chamber operas as well as works for string orchestra and for a variety of small ensembles. He has written extensively for voice, including a setting of Robert Coover's The Leper's Helix and a series of collaborations with poet and novelist Toby Olson. He has received commissions from the Relche Ensemble ("The Leper's Helix" and "AlgoRhythms 2") and baritone Thomas Buckner ("Reading.")
In "American Music in the Twentieth Century," critic Kyle Gann cites Epstein as "One of the finest postminimal composers..." and calls "Chamber Music" "...a vocal setting for winds and keyboards of great contrapuntal beauty." Epstein's music has been presented in the U.S. and abroad by such ensembles as Rel?che, Synchronia, the Circle ensemble of London, and ONIX Nuevo Ensemble de Mexico. It is available on compact disk on the Mode and Capstone labels.
Paul A. Epstein is Professor Emeritus of Music Theory at Temple University, where he taught for thirty-two years. Born in Boston in 1938, he is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of California at Berkeley. His composition teachers included Harold Shapero, Seymour Shifrin, and Luciano Berio.
Works for Winds
- McCutchen, Mathew G. (2009) An Examination of the History and Winning Pieces of the National Band Association's Composition Contest: 1977-2008. Florida State University, Doctoral Dissertation.
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