OHAM: Major Figures in American Music

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Major Figures in American Music is the core unit of Oral History of American Music. It consists of approximately 1000 interviews with composers, performers, and other significant musicians. The first subjects were those most fragile in terms of age and health, such as Eubie Blake, Nadia Boulanger, Aaron Copland, Harry Partch, Charles Seeger, Claire Reis, and Virgil Thomson. Among other senior composers interviewed during the OHAM's first decade were John Cage, Lou Harrison, Ernst Krenek, Leo Ornstein, and William Schuman. As OHAM proceeded, composers actively involved in their careers were included and have been updated periodically. To name a few: John Adams, David Del Tredici, Lukas Foss, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Ned Rorem, Billy Taylor, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. OHAM's program also includes oral histories with emerging young talents, with the plan to track their careers as they unfold in the future. In addition to interviews with primary subjects, the core unit includes testimonies from secondary sources about George Gershwin, Henry Cowell, Harry Lawrence Freeman, Percy Grainger, and Arnold Schoenberg.

Interviewees:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Video Interviews

* (acquired interview)

A
Maurice Abravanel
John Adams
John Luther Adams
Samuel Adams
Samuel Adler
Andy Akiho
Kathryn Alexander
Stephen Albert
Hal Alles
Charles Amirkhanian
David Amram
Beth Anderson
Timo Andres
Theodore Antoniou
Jon Appleton
Dominick Argento*
Robert Ashley
Dan Asia
Jacob Avshalomov
Georges Auric*
Larry Austin
George Avakian

B
Milton Babbitt
Howard Barlow*
Count Basie*
Robert Beaser
Jack Beeson
Arthur Berger
Luciano Berio
Derek Bermel
Elmer Bernstein*
Leonard Bernstein
Lisa Bielawa
Chester Biscardi
Easley Blackwood
Eubie Blake
Ran Blake
Allan Blank
Suzanne Bloch
Helen Boatwright
William Bolcom
Victoria Bond*
Nadia Boulanger
Pierre Boulez*
Paul Bowles*
Bobby Bradford
Glenn Branca
Henry Brant
Anthony Braxton

RhodesBraxtonAnthony Braxton with OHAM archivist Anne Rhodes

Martin Bresnick
Jeff Brooks
Earle Brown
Elizabeth Brown
Dave Brubeck
Neely Bruce
Don Buchla
Harold Budd
Taylor Ho Bynum

C
George Cacioppo
John Cage
Ronald Caltabiano
Elliott Carter
Christopher Cerrone
Joel Chadabe
Schuyler Chapin*
Gilbert Chase
Carlos Chávez
Barney Childs
John Chowning
Rebecca Clarke
Robert Cogan
Vinnie Colaiuta
Ornette Coleman
Steve Coleman
Michael Colgrass
Edward T. Cone*
Jacob Cooper
Aaron Copland

VPColandAaron Copland with OHAM founder Vivian Perlis

John Corigliano
Philip Corner
Eleanor Cory
Henry Cowell*
on Henry Cowell:

John Cage
Olive Cowell
Sidney Cowell
Kyle Gann Jeanne
Golan Lou Harrison
Mary Ann Hart
Dick Higgins
H. Wiley Hitchcock
David Nichols
Carol Oja
Robert Osborne
Joel Sachs
Peggy Seeger
Wayne Shirley
Richard Teitelbaum
Theodor and Jean Uppman

Paul Creston
George Crumb
Andrew Cyrille
Alvin Curran
Sebastian Currier

D
Richard Danielpour
Michael Daugherty
Mario Davidovsky*
Randall Davidson
Dennis Russell Davies
Anthony Davis
Jack DeJohnette
David Del Tredici
Norman Dello Joio
Stuart Dempster
Donnacha Dennehy
Leonard De Paur*
Herbert Deutsch
David Diamond
Charles Dodge
John Downey*
Paul Dresher
Jacob Druckman
Thomas Duffy
John Duke

E
Charles Eakin
Don Elliott*
Anita Ellis
Donald Erb
Robert Erickson
Pozzi Escot

F
Richard Felciano
Morton Feldman*
Vivian Fine
Ross Lee Finney
William Flanagan
Carlisle Floyd*
Andrew Ford
Lukas Foss
Jean Francaix*
Sean Friar
on Harry Lawrence Freeman:

Valdo Freeman

G
Kyle Gann
Read Gardner
Peter Garland
on George Gershwin:

Mario Bragiotti*
Anne Brown*
Irving Caesar*
Todd Duncan*
Arthur Gershwin*
Frances Gershwin Godowsky
Burton Lane*
Rose Lee Levine
Alfred Simon
Kay Swift
Horace Van Norman*
Kate Wolpin

Emmanuel Ghent
Terry Gibbs
Jon Gibson
Miriam Gideon
on Henry Gilbert:

Isolde Gilbert Horton

Janice Giteck
Philip Glass
Patrick Gleeson
Leopold Godowsky, Jr.
Peter Goldmark
Boris Goldovsky
Malcolm Goldstein
Vinny Golia
Benny Goodman*
Michael Gordon
Morton Gould*
on Percy Grainger:

Burnett Cross
Ella Grainger
Kaare Nygaard*

Milford Graves

H
Daron Hagen
Oscar Hammerstein II*
John Hammond
Lionel Hampton
Howard Hanson*
Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Quincy Jones*
John Harbison
Sheldon Harnick
David Harrington
Roy Harris*
Lou Harrison and Dennis Russell Davies
Stephen Hartke
Ted Hearne
Ray Heindorf
Hans Heinsheimer
Robert Helps
Hans Werner Henze*
Jennifer Higdon
Lejaren Hiller
Earl Hines*
Milt Hinton*
H. Wiley Hitchcock
Fred Ho
Lee Hoiby*
Katherine Hoover*
David Horne
Alan Hovhaness*
Karel Husa

I
Andrew Imbrie
Jean Eichelberger Ivey

J
Stephen Jaffe
Arthur Jarvinen
Scott Johnson
Tom Johnson
Ben Johnston
Betsy Jolas
Charles Jones*
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones/Nikolaus Harnoncourt*

K
Gilbert Kalish
Charles Kaman
Aaron Jay Kernis
Mark Kilstofte
Earl Kim
Jin Hi Kim
Alexander Kipnis
Leon Kirchner
John Kirkpatrick
Amy Beth Kirsten
Michael Klingbiel
Alison Knowles*
Oliver Knussen
Barbara Kolb*
Olga Koussevitzky
William Kraft
Jonathan Kramer
Louis Krasner
Ernst Krenek
Boris Kroyt*
Ron Kuivila
Meyer Kupferman

L
Joan La Barbara
Ezra Laderman
David Lang
Herman Langinger
Paul Lansky*
Libby Larsen
Hannah Lash
Billy Jim Layton
Anne LeBaron
Minna Lederman [Daniel]
Benjamin Lees
Daniel Lentz
John Anthony Lennon
Tania León
Fred Lerdahl
Jeffrey Levine
Jesse Levine
Frank Lewin
George Lewis
Peter Lieberson
Dave Liebman
Scott Lindroth
Annea Lockwood
on Charles Martin Loeffler:

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Clark

Joe Lovano
Alvin Lucier
Otto Luening

M
Tod Machover
Steve Mackey
Ursula Mamlok
Ingram Marshall
Donald Martino
Pat Martino
Max Mathews
William McKinley
Jimmy McPartland
Bennie Maupin
Marian McPartland
Joe McPhee
Myra Melford
Marc Mellits
Peter Mennin
Pat Metheny
Darius Milhaud
Philip Miller
Charles Mingus*
Nicole Mitchell
Meredith Monk
Robert Moog
Moondog (Louis T. Hardin)*
Carman Moore
Douglas Moore*
F. Richard Moore
Robert Moore
Alicia Hall Moran
Jason Moran
Robert Moran
Jerome Moross
Lawrence Morton*
Stephen L. Mosko
Nico Muhly
Gordon Mumma
Tristan Murail
Thea Musgrave

N
Conlon Nancarrow
Thomas Nee
Andrew Norman
Alex North

O
Pauline Oliveros
Eva J. O'Meara
Frank J. Oteri
Leo Ornstein

P
Joan Panetti
Aldo Parisot
Elizabeth Parisot
Harry Partch
Les Paul*
Stephen Paulus
Gary Peacock
Danilo Perez
Vivian Perlis
George Perle
Vincent Persichetti
Troy Peters
Daniel Pinkham
Walter Piston
on Quincy Porter:

Mrs. Quincy Porter
Bruce Simonds
Keith Wilson

Chris Potter
Mel Powell
Don Preston

R
David Rakowski
David Raksin
Bernard Rands
Gardner Read
Steve Reich
 

VPReichLVCSteve Reich with OHAM founder Vivian Perlis and OHAM director Libby Van Cleve (Photo by Robert Lisak)

Claire Reis
Roger Reynolds
Marga Richter
Vittorio Rieti
Terry Riley
Max Roach
J. Donald Robb
George Rochberg
Robert Rodriguez
John Fitz Rogers
Ned Rorem
David Rosenboom
Christopher Rouse
Miklos Rozsa*
Dane Rudhyar
Willie Ruff
Loren Rush
George Russell
William Russell
Frederic Rzewski

S
Joel Sachs
David Sanford
R. Murray Schafer*
William Scheide
on Arnold Schoenberg:

Felix Greisle*
Rudolf Kolisch
Paul Pisk
Judith Rosen
Lawrence Schoenberg
Nuria Schoenberg Nono
Ronald Schoenberg
Leonard Stein
Gerald Strang

Gunther Schuller
William Schuman
Joseph Schwantner
Elliott Schwartz
Laura Schwendinger
Charles Seeger
Roger Sessions*
Harold Shapero
Ralph Shapey
Wayne Shorter
Elie Siegmeister*
Stanley Silverman
Harry Simeone
Alfred Simon
Bruce Simonds
Ezra Sims
Alvin Singleton
Leonard Slatkin
Nicolas Slonimsky
Wadada Leo Smith
Warren Smith
Stephen Sondheim*
Eileen Southern*
DJ Spooky
Carleton Sprague Smith
Dorrance Stalvey
Robert Starer
Rand Steiger
Halsey Stevens*
William Grant Still*
Bill Stinson
David Stock
Eric Stokes
Leopold Stokowski
Morris Stoloff
Allen Strange
Igor Stravinsky
Oliver Strunk
Steven Stucky
Morton Subotnick
Louis Sudler
Maxine Sullivan*
Donald Sur
Kay Swift
William Sydeman

T
Louise Talma
Billy Taylor
Richard Teitelbaum
Henri Temianka
James Tenney
Michael Tenzer
Carl Testa
Mikis Theodorakis*
Chris Theofanidis
Augusta Read Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas
Joel Thome
Randall Thompson*
Virgil Thomson
Francis Thorne
Michael Torke
Joan Tower
David Tudor

U
Ken Ueno
Chinary Ung
Vladimir Ussachevsky

V
Edgard Varèse*
Jack Vees
Barry Vercoe
Benjamin Verdery
Elizabeth Vercoe
Lois V. Vierk

W
Robert Ward
George Wein
Hugo Weisgall
Richard Wernick
Scott Wheeler
John Williams
Mary Lou Williams
Gerald Wilson
Keith Wilson
Olly Wilson
Richard Wilson
Phil Winsor
Julia Wolfe
Christian Wolff
on Stefan Wolpe:

Josef Marx
Phil Woods
Randall Woolf
Charles Wuorinen
Yehudi Wyner

X
Iannis Xenakis

Y
Peter Yates*
La Monte Young

Z
Frank Zappa*
Evan Ziporyn
John Zorn
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Video Interviews

Eubie Blake
Martin Bresnick
John Cage
on John Cage:

Laurie Anderson
Merce Cunningham
Yoko Ono
Robert Rauschenberg
David Tudor

Elliott Carter
Aaron Copland
David Diamond
Jacob Druckman
Lukas Foss
Morton Gould*
John Harbison
Roy Harris*
Lou Harrison
Stephen Hartke
William Kraft
Otto Luening
Pauline Oliveros
Leo Ornstein
André Previn*
Claire Reis
Gunther Schuller*
William Schuman
Charles Seeger
Morton Subotnick
Billy Taylor
Virgil Thomson
Ben Verdery
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich