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Christopher Buchenholz is an American composer whose orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works have been best received in the United States and abroad. His compositions are best known for their extraordinary mix of traditional musical soundscapes, relentless counterpoints, complicated rhythmic aggregations and innovative harmonic movements. His music has been described as 'metatonal' by incorporating tonal structures and tonally influenced relationships within fundamentally twelve-tone designs. Mr. Buchenholz's music reflects an intensive and ongoing investigation of formal musical structures created in a twelve-tone pitch that is itself modeled on a more conventional tonal pitch. This gives his music a familiar yet strikingly new sound. Buchenholz studied at the High School of Music and Art and studied composition at Carnegie-Mellon University with Lukas Foss and Leonardo Balada and with Milton Babbitt at the Juilliard School, where he received a Bachelor of Music in 2001 and a Master of 2003 degree in Music. He then studied clarinet with Allen Blustine and composition with Joseph Dubiel, Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University, where he received his doctorate with honors in 2006. Buchenholz 'commissions include Speculum Musicae, The Frelinghuysen Foundation, The Arditti Quartet, The Carnegie-Mellon Baroque Chamber Ensemble, The Carnegie-Mellon Philharmonic, Cuarteto Latinamericano, All Saints Church in Pasadena CA, The Disney Family Foundation, and The National Arts Club. Christopher Buchenholz has received awards and honors from the Schubert Foundation, the George Gershwin Memorial Scholarship, the Gretchaninoff Memorial Prize in Composition, the American Academy Of Arts And Letters, the Dr. Boris and Eda Rapaport Prize and the Henry Mancini Fellowship in Composition. Dr. Buchenholz, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Yeshiva University, has also taught at the Juilliard School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the Association to Benefit Children, New York University, and Columbia University. The native New Yorker began his musical career at the age of seven on CBS Sunday Morning. Between the ages of eight and fourteen he also appeared as a soloist at the Metropolitan Opera. He has appeared in the Public Theater and the Kennedy Center, and toured with the Philadelphia Oratorio Society.

DissertationDigging (notes from underground) View on ProQuest Columbia Degrees: DMA, Composition2006

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