American composer William (Bill) Duckworth has passed away at the age of 69 from cancer. Duckworth was one of the first American composers, along with John Adams who absorbed the styles of "classic" minimalism to create post-minimalism, a style that borrowed the repetitive structures from the latter but also added a more intuitive and "romantic" approach to form and structure.
Duckworth, however, has never received the amount of attention that John Adams has. Maybe it's because Duckworth actually chose an academic career in music education over freelance composition. Maybe it's because Duckworth's compositions reveal a more intimate approach to scoring, length and scope when compared to the extroverted John Adams.. whatever the reason, we can still witness a composer who pioneered a distinctly American style of composition, while working in new genres such as Internet music, something he dedicated himself to in his last years.
If you're interested in what Duckworth's music has to offer, please check out the following links to pieces below.
Time Curve Preludes
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