Biography

From Wikipedia

Born in New York City, Albert began his musical training on the piano, French horn, and trumpet as a youngster. He first studied composition at the age of 15 with Elie Siegmeister, and enrolled two years later at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Bernard Rogers. Following composition lessons in Stockholm with Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Albert studied with Joseph Castaldo at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (BM 1962); in 1963 he worked with George Rochberg at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1985 to 1988 he worked as the Seattle Symphony’s composer-in-residence.

His notable students include Daniel Asia.

Albert was killed in an automobile accident on Cape Cod in December 1992.

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From the New York Times obituary 

Stephen J. Albert, 51, Composer; Won a Pulitzer for His ‘Riverrun’

By Allan Kozinn

Published: December 29, 1992

Stephen J. Albert, a composer of lushly scored, dramatic symphonic music who won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for his “Symphony Riverrun” was killed on Sunday afternoon in an automobile accident in Truro, Mass. He was 51 years old and had homes in Newton Center, Mass., and in Truro, on Cape Cod.

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From Musical Sales Classical

Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy-winning composer Stephen Albert, whose tragic death in December of 1992 stunned the music world, was recognized in his lifetime for a body of work at once powerful, dramatic, colorful, and deeply emotive. Contemporary in sound, yet firmly rooted in traditional compositional techniques, Albert’s music sought to establish links with fundamental human emotions and musical archetypes. He drew inspiration from the rich emotional palette of 19th-century music, and sought to discover, within the context of a personal 20th-century idiom, new connections with music of the past.

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From The Modern World

Stephen Albert (1941-1992)

In 1992, one of America’s most promising young composers was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in music for his Symphony RiverRun, Stephen Albert was an immenselly talented artist, a Romantic whose lyricism was often driven by a robust energy that looked to the works of Sibelius, Stravinsky and Ives. He drew upon Joyce for much of his inspiration, completing a half-dozen works based on Finnegans Wake and Ulysses.

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Obituary from the Baltimore Sun

Stephen Albert, his melodious music helped define the ‘New Romanticism’

December 29, 1992

By Stephen Wigler

Stephen Albert, 51, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was one of the founders of what has been called the “New Romanticism,” was killed Sunday afternoon in a three-car collision on Cape Cod, Mass.

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From The Independent

Obituary: Stephen Albert

PETER DICKINSON, Wednesday 30 December 1992

THE AMERICAN composer Stephen Albert, in a creative life now tragically cut short in a car crash, nevertheless had ample time to add a new chapter to the history of composers intoxicated with the world of the Irish writer James Joyce.

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From Answers.com

Oxford Grove Music Encyclopedia:

Stephen (Joel) Albert

(b New York, 6 Feb 1941). American composer. He studied under Milhaud, Rochberg and others in Rochester and Philadelphia and has held posts as composer-in-residence. His works, which include settings of Joyce and 10th-century Icelandic texts, a symphony RiverRun (1984) and works for string quartet, use electronic as well as traditional means and incorporate neo-classical and neo-romantic elements.

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