(writer: "Harmonielehre", "Grand Pianola Music", "Shaker Loops", "Tromba Lontana", "The People Are The Heroes Now" from Nixon in China, "Christian Zeal and Activity", "Chaconne: Body Through Which The Dream Flows" from Violin Concerto, "Common Tones in Simple Time")
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My roots are profoundly affected by American popular music, jazz, ragtime, swing, rock. I'm not a quoter, nor a musical chameleon like William Bolcom
, but my personal style does not deny its roots. In today's so-called classical music, we've lost track of the vernacular. [Opera News, October 1987]
He was the first Harvard undergraduate to be allowed to submit a musical composition as his required senior thesis; he earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in 1969.