American composer

American composer Ingram Marshall dies aged 80

(Photo courtesy: Nonesuch Records)

Born in 1942, Ingram Marshall grew up in New York State and studied music at Lake Forest College and Columbia University, where he participated in the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center — the oldest electroacoustic music center in the United States

Marshall later became a graduate assistant to electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick at New York University and the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS).

Developing an interest in Javanese gamelan, Marshall traveled to Bali in 1971 to study the tradition and change his style of composition. According to NRPhis early work reflects the gamelan tradition as well as tape looping techniques introduced by composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

Marshall also held teaching positions at CALARTS in the 1970s and Evergreen State College in the 1980s, as well as visiting positions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College, and Yale University. .

Its alumni include renowned composers, musicians and musicologists such as Timo Andres, Armando Bayolo, Christopher Cerrone, Tyondai Braxton, Jacob Cooper, Adrian Knight, Matt Sargent and Stephen Gorbos.

Marshall was known for making connections between minimalist music and electronic music. Composer and friend John Adams described the essence of his music as “deep and brooding… Though its generously layered surfaces are often painted with a rich, almost opiate lushness, the message is, nevertheless, always spiritual, one might even say religious, in its content. ”

Additionally, Marshall’s works often incorporate quotations, including Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata in “Woodstone”, Bach in “Holy Ghosts”, Stravinsky’s Orpheus in “Orphic Memories”, and Sibelius – which was a favorite – in several others. works. His best-known work is “Fog Tropes,” which he also worked on with Adams.

Those who have commissioned and performed Marshall’s music have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, guitarist Benjamin Verdery, and pianist Sarah Cahill, among others. , according to the Washington Post.

His many accolades included awards from Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. A concert honoring Marshall is planned at Yale for the 2022-23 academic year.

Our condolences to Mr. Marshall’s family, friends, students and colleagues.

INGRAM MARSHALL | FOG TROPES | 2012