American avant-garde electronic composer Larry Austin has passed away – aged 88.
A graduate of the University of North Texas College of Music, Mills College and the University of California Berkeley, where he studied with Violet Archer, Darius Milhaud and Andrew Imbrie, Professor Austin served long term teaching positions on faculty at the University of California, University of South Florida and the University of North Texas.
His orchestral work Improvisations for Orchestra and Jazz Soloists was premiered and recorded with conductor Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1965.
LARRY AUSTIN | IMPROVISATIONS FOR ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ SOLOISTS | LEONARD BERNSTEIN & NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC | 1965
He will be remembered in history for his completion of Charles Ives’ Universe Symphony – and as the co-founder and editor of the avant-garde music periodical Source: Music of the Avant Garde.
Our condolences are with Professor Austin’s family, friends, colleagues and students.