Sahl, Michael, 1934-

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Michael Sahl was born on September 2, 1934 in Boston. In 1942, after his family moved to New York, he commenced his formal musical training. In 1947, he began studying with Israel Citkowitz and has cited the composer and critic as particularly instrumental in endowing him with a love for American popular music. As a result, Sahl's increased involvement with and interest in folk, blues, jazz and American popular vocal standards influenced much of his compositional output. He later studied at Amherst College and Princeton University, where his teachers included Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. He also worked with Lukas Foss, Luigi Dallapiccola and Aaron Copland. Sahl's academic training at Princeton centered on 12-note and serial techniques. In 1957-58, he received a Fulbright Fellowship in Europe and spent the following few years overseas attempting to compose in a Modernist style, but eventually realized that his inclination to write tonal melodies was too strong to ignore. In 1963, Sahl returned to the USA and became active in folk-rock music circles. After serving as a Creative Associate at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1965, he became the pianist and music director for Judy Collins. Following his departure from Collins in 1969, Sahl made his reputation as a composer of operas, musical shows, and instrumental works, several of which are written in a musical style dominated by the hybridization of Romanticism, jazz and rock. He became acclaimed as one of the earliest composers to write in a genre-blending style that successfully managed to straddle the boundaries between classical "new music," pop, rock, jazz, and musical theater.

From the description of Michael Sahl Score Collection, 1953-2009. (SUNY at Buffalo). WorldCat record id: 496296948

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creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. The last elms of Bidwell Parkway : 1991 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Screen song / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. A walk : for 2 keyboards / [Michael Sahl]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. The last elms of Bidwell Parkway : 1991 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. The milltown gypsy ball / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. String quartet 2000 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Concerto for electric violin / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Home / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Symphony : 1964 / Michael Sahl. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Symphony 1983 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Volcano pie / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Piano piece 4 / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Violin and piano piece / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Blood ferry lecture / music, Michael Sahl ; text, Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Lord of my love / Michael Sahl ; [text by] Wm. Shakespeare. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Two songs / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Vibraphone piano and percussion piece / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Five piece / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Serenades for piano solo, 1994 / Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Old strollers / [Michael Sahl]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Jacob Druckman collection of noncommercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Dancing in the landscapes / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. The exiles' cafe : for the Allbright-Knox [sic] art gallery, 1984 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. 3 piano pieces / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Jungles / Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. The exiles' café / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Piano pieces I / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Blues for Margaret : for solo piano / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Heartsplit tundra / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Grand sonata : for violin & piano / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Baby music '07 / Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Symphony / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Four / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Doina / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Strangers in the land of Beulah : based on the old hymn, written for Ma Prem Alimo / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. In the woods / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. An anarchist dream : for 2 keyboards / M. Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Prothalamium / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Aaron Kramer. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Storms / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Katrina : voices of the lost / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. 4 channels / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Piano sonata / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Fire song / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Symphony 1988 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. That time of year / Michael Sahl ; [text by] Wm. Shakespeare. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. For clarinet and percussion : 1965 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Michael Sahl Score Collection, 1953-2009. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. 3 songs / Michael Sahl ; poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Chain : piano piece #5 / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. String quartet 1957 / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. 3 pieces for band / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. [Music by Michael Sahl] [electronic resource]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Millay songs / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Edna Millay. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Tango from "The exiles' café" / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Dumb / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. A mitzvah for the dead : concerto for violin + tape / [Michael Sahl]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Cloud city walk / Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Dumb / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Cloud city : string quartet / Michael Sahl. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Sahl, Michael, 1934-. Pieces for violin and piano / Michael Sahl. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Alimo, Ma Prem. person
associatedWith Amherst Saxophone Quartet. corporateBody
associatedWith Buckinx, Boudewijn, 1945- person
associatedWith Druckman, Jacob, 1928-1996 person
associatedWith Hopkins, Gerard Manley, 1844-1889 person
associatedWith Kramer, Aaron, 1921-1997 person
associatedWith Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950 person
associatedWith New York Art Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith Rowell, Mary. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 person
associatedWith Sirius String Quartet. corporateBody
associatedWith String Fever (Musical group) corporateBody
associatedWith Vermont Youth Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Yard, Margaret person
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Quintets (Piano, guitar, percussion (2), double bass)--Scores and parts
Quintets (Piano, guitar, percussion, violin, double bass)--Scores
Variations (Violin)
Quintets (Piano, guitar, percussion, violin, double bass)
Cantatas, Secular
Sonatas (Violin and piano)--Scores
Keyboard instrument music (Keyboard instruments (2))--Scores
Piano music, arranged
Electronic and violin music
Sonatas (piano)
Songs with piano--Scores
Symphonies--Scores
Instrumental ensembles
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with instrumental ensemble
String quartets--Scores
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Concertos (Violin with instrumental ensemble)--Scores
Symphonies (Instrumental ensemble)--Scores
Songs (Medium voice) with piano--Scores
Trios (Piano, percussion)--Scores
Octets (Saxophones (4), violins (2), viola, violoncello)--Scores
Concertos (Violin)
Quartets (Piano, percussion, violin, double bass)--Scores
Orchestral music--Scores
Songs (High voice) with piano--Scores
Music--Manuscripts
Sonatas (Violin and piano)
Instrumental ensembles--Scores
Trios (Clarinet, percussion (2))--Scores
Quartets (Synthesizer, electric violin, electric guitar, double bass)--Scores
Septets (Piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, violin, double bass)--Scores
Quartets (Piano, clarinet, violin, double bass)--Scores
Violin and piano music--Scores
Percussion and piano music--Scores
Vocal sextets, Unaccompanied--Scores
String quartets
Cantatas, Secular--Score
Piano music
Piano music (Blues)
Quartets (Flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello)--Scores
Tangos
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with instrumental ensemble--Scores
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Birth 1934-09-02

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