Chihara, Paul

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Chihara was born on July 9, 1938 in Seattle, WA; began studying the violin at age eight; studied composition with Robert Palmer at Cornell Univ. (where he also received his MM in English literature); studied with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood, Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and Ernst Pepping in Berlin; was an associate professor of music at UCLA, where he founded and directed the Twice ensemble and conducted the Collegium musicum; his compositions, often reflecting his interest in Oriental music, include: Logs, concertos for cello and double bass, chamber works, choral works, and Forest music for orchestra.

From the description of Collection of musical works and papers, 1965-1996. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39526337

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American composer, Paul Chihara (b. Seattle, WA, July 9, 1938) studied composition with Robert Palmer at Cornell University (where he received an MA and DMA in English Literature), Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin, and Gunther Schuller at the Berkshire Music Center.

Chihara served as an associate professor of music at UCLA from 1966 through 1976. While at UCLA, he founded and directed the Twice Ensemble, conducted the collegium musicum and was composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (1971-1974).

He served as the Andrew Mellon Professor at California Institute of Technology in 1975, and taught at the California Institute of the Arts in 1976. Chihara became the composer in residence for the San Francisco Ballet in 1980. He re-joined the UCLA faculty in 1996, and served as Visiting Professor in 1999.

Chihara has received commissions from many world-renowned performing institutions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra,the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

His compositional style reflects his interest in asian music, and utilizes shifts in timbral coloring and limited pitch movement.

From the guide to the Paul Chihara Collection of Musical Works and Papers, 1965-2005, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn National Orchestral Association collection of rehearsal and concert recordings [sound recording], 1938-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Chihara, Paul, 1938-. Piano trio (1974) / P. Chihara. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Paul Chihara Collection of Musical Works and Papers, 1965-2005 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
referencedIn Jacob Druckman collection of noncommercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Burkat, Leonard, 1919-1992. The Leonard Burkat papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Chihara, Paul, 1938-. Sonata for violin and piano / Paul Chihara. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Burkat, Leonard, 1919-. The Leonard Burkat papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Chihara, Paul, 1938-. Collection of musical works and papers, 1965-1996. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn The Leonard Burkat Papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Chihara, Paul, 1938-. String quartet, "Primavera" : 1978 / Paul Chihara. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
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associatedWith Burkat, Leonard, 1919-1992. person
associatedWith Druckman, Jacob, 1928-1996 person
associatedWith Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991 person
associatedWith Leonard Burkat person
associatedWith National Orchestral Association (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Music corporateBody
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Composers--Archival resources
Music--Manuscripts
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Sonatas (Violin and piano)--Scores and parts
String quartets--Scores
Piano trios--Scores
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Birth 1938-07-09

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