Price, William Roger
J. Schwantner: Looking Back for flute and piano was written in 2009 on comission by the former students of Samuel Baron, flute professor at SUNY Stony Brook and Julliard. The composition was premiered in 2009 by Alexa Still (flute) and Stephen Gosling (piano) at the NFA convention.
Joseph Schwantner (1943) is an American composer who initially studied classical guitar and played tuba in high school band. Then he studied composition with Bernard Dieter at the American Conservatory in Chicago. His earliest compositions were influenced by music of Bela Bartók, Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen as well as various forms or jazz. Later he gradually joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School and Yale. He is a recipient of numerous nominations, awards and prizes.
Among his most noteworthy compositions: Percussion Concerto (2012, Grammy Award); symphonic poem Aftertones of Infinity (1978, Pulitzer Prize in music); song cycle Magabunda for orchestra (1983) as well as many chamber music compositions for flute and other instruments.