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Bruce  MacCombie

Born: December 5th, 1943
Died: May 2nd, 2012
Country of origin: United States of America
Mr. MacCombie composes polished gems of musical understatement. Characterized by a fresh and penetrating wit, they sparkle and yet are clothed in mystery. - The American Academy of Arts and Letters

Bruce MacCombie was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1943. Self-taught in popular music, he played in various commercial bands, and in the early 1960’s he moved to Western Massachusetts and joined classmate Henry Fredericks, Jr. (aka Taj Mahal) as pianist in the blues band Taj Mahal and the Elektras. The group toured extensively on the East Coast until the mid-1960’s.

MacCombie first studied composition with Philip Bezanson at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in 1967 and an M.M in 1968. He also studied with Wolfgang Fortner at the Freiburg Conservatory and holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Iowa. In 1975, after four years in Europe, he was appointed to the Music Theory faculty at Yale University and one year later was appointed to the Composition faculty at the Yale School of Music. While at Yale he coordinated an annual series of new music concerts and taught various seminars relating to 20th Century music literature.

In 1979, MacCombie was awarded one of the first Goddard Lieberson Fellowships by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. During the 1979 – 80 season, various works were presented by Composers Forum in New York, where Bernard Holland, writing in the New York Times, referred to MacCombie as “a deft and evocative craftsman.” Since then, his works have been commissioned by organizations such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the 20th Century Consort, the Jerome Foundation, and the International Guitar Foundation. Performances have been given at Carnegie Hall, the Seattle Opera House, the Kennedy Center, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Alice Tully Hall, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Royal Academy of Music, and other venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.

From 1980 to 1986 MacCombie served as Director of Publications for G.Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers, from 1986 to 1992 as Dean of The Juilliard School, from 1992 to 2001 as Dean of the School for the Arts at Boston University, and from 2002 as Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

Recent works include Samsara Rounds, debuted by the Juilliard Orchestra and James DePreist in January, 2010 and Light Upon the Turning Leaf, premiered and commissioned by the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2010.

In Spring, 2010, MacCombie was honored by the Yale School of Music with a Cultural Leadership Award for his distinguished accomplishments as a composer, administrator, and teacher, including his years of teaching at Yale from 1975 to 1980. Since 2010 MacCombie has been Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Massachusetts and he lives in Amherst with his wife, painter Turi MacCombie.

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  1. 3 Designs for 3 Players

    3 Designs for 3 Players

    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: EA 618
    €24.00
  2. Gerberau Musics

    Gerberau Musics

    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: mechanical piano
    Order No.: EA 619
    €31.50
  3. Nightshade Rounds

    Nightshade Rounds

    for solo guitar
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: solo guitar
    Order No.: EA 620
    €16.00
  4. Elegy

    Elegy

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin, cello, piano
    Edition: score
    Order No.: EA 765
    €20.50
  5. Reflections

    Reflections

    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: string orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: EA 810
    €16.00
  6. Nightshade Rounds

    Nightshade Rounds

    for guitar and string orchestra
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: solo guitar and string orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Leaden Echo, Golden Echo

    Leaden Echo, Golden Echo

    for soprano and instruments
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: soprano solo and ensemble
    Edition: performance material
    Language: English
  8. Reflections

    Reflections

    for string orchestra
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: string orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  9. Anecdotes

    Anecdotes

    for woodwind quintet
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: woodwind quintet
    Edition: performance material
  10. Parkside Music

    Parkside Music

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: chamber ensemble
    Edition: performance material

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Profile
Mr. MacCombie composes polished gems of musical understatement. Characterized by a fresh and penetrating wit, they sparkle and yet are clothed in mystery. - The American Academy of Arts and Letters

Bruce MacCombie was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1943. Self-taught in popular music, he played in various commercial bands, and in the early 1960’s he moved to Western Massachusetts and joined classmate Henry Fredericks, Jr. (aka Taj Mahal) as pianist in the blues band Taj Mahal and the Elektras. The group toured extensively on the East Coast until the mid-1960’s.

MacCombie first studied composition with Philip Bezanson at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in 1967 and an M.M in 1968. He also studied with Wolfgang Fortner at the Freiburg Conservatory and holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Iowa. In 1975, after four years in Europe, he was appointed to the Music Theory faculty at Yale University and one year later was appointed to the Composition faculty at the Yale School of Music. While at Yale he coordinated an annual series of new music concerts and taught various seminars relating to 20th Century music literature.

In 1979, MacCombie was awarded one of the first Goddard Lieberson Fellowships by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. During the 1979 – 80 season, various works were presented by Composers Forum in New York, where Bernard Holland, writing in the New York Times, referred to MacCombie as “a deft and evocative craftsman.” Since then, his works have been commissioned by organizations such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the 20th Century Consort, the Jerome Foundation, and the International Guitar Foundation. Performances have been given at Carnegie Hall, the Seattle Opera House, the Kennedy Center, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Alice Tully Hall, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Royal Academy of Music, and other venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.

From 1980 to 1986 MacCombie served as Director of Publications for G.Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers, from 1986 to 1992 as Dean of The Juilliard School, from 1992 to 2001 as Dean of the School for the Arts at Boston University, and from 2002 as Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

Recent works include Samsara Rounds, debuted by the Juilliard Orchestra and James DePreist in January, 2010 and Light Upon the Turning Leaf, premiered and commissioned by the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2010.

In Spring, 2010, MacCombie was honored by the Yale School of Music with a Cultural Leadership Award for his distinguished accomplishments as a composer, administrator, and teacher, including his years of teaching at Yale from 1975 to 1980. Since 2010 MacCombie has been Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Massachusetts and he lives in Amherst with his wife, painter Turi MacCombie.

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per page
  1. 3 Designs for 3 Players

    3 Designs for 3 Players

    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: EA 618
    €24.00
  2. Gerberau Musics

    Gerberau Musics

    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: mechanical piano
    Order No.: EA 619
    €31.50
  3. Nightshade Rounds

    Nightshade Rounds

    for solo guitar
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: solo guitar
    Order No.: EA 620
    €16.00
  4. Elegy

    Elegy

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin, cello, piano
    Edition: score
    Order No.: EA 765
    €20.50
  5. Reflections

    Reflections

    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: string orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: EA 810
    €16.00
  6. Nightshade Rounds

    Nightshade Rounds

    for guitar and string orchestra
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: solo guitar and string orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Leaden Echo, Golden Echo

    Leaden Echo, Golden Echo

    for soprano and instruments
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: soprano solo and ensemble
    Edition: performance material
    Language: English
  8. Reflections

    Reflections

    for string orchestra
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: string orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  9. Anecdotes

    Anecdotes

    for woodwind quintet
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: woodwind quintet
    Edition: performance material
  10. Parkside Music

    Parkside Music

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: MacCombie, Bruce
    Instrumentation: chamber ensemble
    Edition: performance material

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