William Bolcom

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About William Bolcom

William Bolcom (born 1938 in Seattle, WA) is a modern American composer and pianist, known for his eclectic compositions in all genres and for his piano accompaniment with wife and singer Joan Morris. Bolcom's most acclaimed work is his lavish setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, which took 25 years to compose. His three operas, McTeague, A View from the Bridge, and A Wedding, have also brought critical attention, though the list of Bolcom's works also contain several concertos, symphonies, chamber music, cabaret songs, and a body of keyboard pieces, including the popular Three Ghost Rags.

HOMETOWN
Seattle, WA, United States of America
BORN
26 May 1938