[ Composers ]

Martin Bresnick

Martin Bresnick’s compositions, from chamber and symphonic music to film scores and computer music, are performed throughout the world. Bresnick delights in reconciling the seemingly irreconcilable, bringing together repetitive gestures derived from minimalism with a harmonic palette that encompasses both highly chromatic sounds, consonant harmonies, and a raw power reminiscent of rock. At times his musical ideas spring from hardscrabble sources, often with a very real political import. But his compositions never descend into agitprop; one gains their meaning by the way the music itself unfolds.

Bresnick received the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Koussevitzky Commission. Martin Bresnick’s compositions are published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, New York; CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven; Böte & Bock, Berlin; and have been recorded by Starkland Records, Cantaloupe Records, New World Records, Albany Records, Bridge Records, Composers Recordings Incorporated, Centaur and Artifact Music.