Andrew Walsh Imbrie
(April 6, 1921 – December 5, 2007) was an American composer
of contemporary classical music
In 1937, Imbrie went to Paris to study briefly with Nadia Boulanger
. He returned to the United States the next year to attend Princeton University
where he studied with Roger Sessions
, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1942. His senior thesis there, a string quartet
, was recorded by the Juilliard Quartet
. He then went to the University of California, Berkeley
, where he received an M.A.
in Music in 1947; there he continued to study with Sessions, who had taken a position at Berkeley. Imbrie taught composition, theory, and analysis at Berkeley from 1949 until his retirement in 1991. In addition to his principal teaching job at Berkeley, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago
, Brandeis University
, Northwestern University
, New York University
, the University of Alabama
, and Harvard University
, and had a regular teaching post at the San Francisco Conservatory
. His notable students included Larry Austin
and Neil Rolnick
Imbrie's style was influenced early by Béla Bartók
, and then by his undergraduate teacher, Roger Sessions
: the influence of Sessions was to prove long-lasting. Imbrie prefers harmonies that are non-triadic, or if triadic, non-functional, and he wrote a tightly organized, often atonal contrapuntal
texture with attention to careful motivic development; he avoided the serial techniques which dominated art music composition after the Second World War. Imbrie was also attentive to melodic line and shape, as one of the ways to make a free atonal language accessible.
Imbrie wrote both vocal and instrumental music; he wrote two operas (Three Against Christmas, 1960, and Angle of Repose, 1976), as well as numerous orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo vocal compositions.
"Andrew Imbrie". New York: Composers Recordings Inc., 1973. Rereleased, New World Records, 2007.
- Symphony No. 3
- Serenade for flute, viola and piano
- Sonata for cello and piano
"New Music for Virtuosos". New York: New World Records, 1977.
"Collage New Music". Boston: GM Recordings, 1989.
"Andrew Imbrie". Boston: GM Recordings, 1993.
- String Quartet Number 4 & 5
- Impromptu for Violin and Piano
"Music of Andrew Imbrie". New York: CRI, 1994.
- Symphony No. 3
- Serenade for Flute, Viola and Piano
- Sonata for Cello and Piano
"Dream Sequence - Chamber Music of Andrew Imbrie". New York: New World Records, 1995.
- Dream Sequence
- Roethke Songs
- Three Piece Suite
- Campion Songs
- To a Traveler
"Andrew Imbrie, Requiem". New Rochelle, NY: Bridge Records, 2000.
- Piano Concerto No. 3
"Andrew Imbrie". Albany, NY: Albany Records, 2002.
- Spring Fever
- Chicago Bells
- Songs of Then and Now
References and further reading
- Ann P. Basart, Martin Brody: "Andrew Imbrie", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (Accessed July 21, 2006), (subscription access)