George Edwards

Biography

George Harrison Edwards (1943-2011) was named MacDowell Professor Emeritus of Music by the Committee on Education Policy of the Trustees of Columbia University in January of 2009. He was on the faculty of Columbia University from 1976, becoming an Associate Professor of Music in 1986 and Vice Chairman of the Music Department in 1989.

He has also been on the theory faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His undergraduate studies were completed at Oberlin College, and he received an MFA in Music Composition from Princeton University in 1967. Following his graduation from Princeton he was accepted as a composition fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he won the Koussevitzky Composition Prize. He was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship, the Naumburg Recording Award, a Koussevitzky Music Foundation Award, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, among other honors. Edwards joined the American Composers Alliance in 1971.

Articles by George Edwards, available in PDF reprint format from ACA:

"A Conversation about New Music" The Threepenny Review, March 1990 (2pp).

"Involuntary Affinities -  New Music and Performance in the Twentieth Century" Southwest Review (20pp).

"Music and Postmodernism" - The Partisan Review, Winter 1991 (14pp).

"The Pleasure of its being over: A view of contemporary music"  The Partisan Review, 1990/3 (9pp)

"Time Signatures" New England Review, Vol 23.1 Winter, 2002 (10pp)

ACE Publications

30 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
George Edwards QUARTET FOR OBOE AND STRING TRIO oboe, vln, vla, cello
oboe, vln, vla, cello
George Edwards SCALES HAVE FALLEN FROM MY EYES -
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
George Edwards VENETIAN SWELL -
Flute, Alto Flute. Oboe, Piano, Marimba/Vibes Vn,Va,Vc
George Edwards ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES fl (altoFl), cl (bscl), perc, vln, vcl, pf
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George Edwards CZECHED SWING pf
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George Edwards RESURRECTION OF WHEAT -
sop, pf
George Edwards PLUS CA CHANGE... fl,ob,cl/bcl,mmb/vib, vln,vla,vcl
fl,ob,cl/bcl,mmb/vib, vln,vla,vcl
George Edwards PARALLEL CONVERGENCES 11 players: 1/pic-1- 1/bcl-1,hn, 1perc, pf, str1-1-1-1
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George Edwards TRIO for horn, violin, and piano -
hn, vn, pf
George Edwards TWO SONGS -
voice, pf
George Edwards FIVE ETUDES for solo piano pf
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George Edwards SUAVE MARI MAGNO -
pf
George Edwards STRING QUARTET NO 2 (1982) 2-1-1
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George Edwards NORTHERN SPY 1-1-0-(BCL)-0,1-1-0-0-,1-1-1,PF
fl, ob, bscl, tpt, hn, vln, vla, vcl, pf
George Edwards WILD AIR -
Alto, 4 recorders (aatb)
George Edwards Trio for Clarinet in Bb, Viola and Piano -
cl, va, pf
George Edwards BITS 1-1-1-1, 2PERC,PF,1-1-1-1
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and bass
George Edwards CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCH pf, orch: 2-2-2-2,4-2-3-0,timp,mrmb, hp, str
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George Edwards GYROMANCY fl/pic, ob/eh, cl/bcl, vln, vc, pf, perc
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George Edwards HERACLITEAN FIRE solo str qtt, str orch
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George Edwards MONETA'S MOURN ORCH: 2/pic-2/eh-2bcl-2; 4-2-2-bstbn-0; timp, perc, hp, strings
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George Edwards CAPTIVE sop & cham.ens: 1-1-1-b.cl-0, vib, hpschd, 2 vln, 2 vla, vcl, cb
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George Edwards LEADEN ECHO & GOLDEN ECHO sop,mez, alt, cham ens:1/pic-1-1/bcl-1,1-0-0-0,str(2-1-1-1)
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George Edwards MERE THREAD OF THIS fl/afl, ob, cl, hn, vib/mmba, pf, hp, vln, vla, vc
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George Edwards MIRTH BUT OPEN'D sop, pf
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