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David Schiff

David Schiff, a professor of music at Reed College, is the composer of the opera Gimpel the Fool and author of books on the music of Elliott Carter and George Gershwin.

  • MusicNovember 8, 2007

    In Our Orbit

    Edward Said's musical predilections capture the full complexity of the master theorist.

    David Schiff

  • MusicOctober 11, 2007

    Sound Check

    The history of twentieth-century music charts the rise of modern masters like Duke Ellington and John Adams.

    David Schiff

  • MusicOctober 19, 2006

    A Rebel in Defense of Tradition

    As composer Steve Reich turns 70, he is winning recognition from the classical establishment for the creativity and power ever-present in his music.

    David Schiff

  • BiographyJanuary 25, 2006

    Music for the End of Time

    A new biography examines the life and work of composer and theorist Olivier Messiaen, who moved French music out of the cafes and back to the cathedrals.

    David Schiff

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