…more than almost any living composer I know of,
he is able to take the most basic, plain materials and spin them out into compelling dramatic structures…
Over the past few months, throngs of friends and admirers have gathered to help celebrate Martin Bresnick’s
70th birthday (November 13). Bang on a Can curated events on July 26th
and September 11th
in honor of their former teacher. Similarly, members of the Yale faculty paid tribute to their colleague’s milestone birthday on October 18th
with a specially dedicated program. The celebrations continued on November 6th
as a star-studded night of performances at the National Sawdust in New York City ushered in the beginning of Bresnick’s 70th year.
The stylistic range of Martin Bresnick’s music makes it difficult to pin down, but it is always “marked by an economy of materials and lyrical intensity” (Kyle Gann, American Music in the Twentieth Century). We encourage you to browse through the catalog highlights below and discover why so many champion his music.