By: David Froom, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Mary’s City, MD-David Froom’s “Variations on an Early American Hymn Tune” for solo piano and “Warm are the still and lucky miles” for the chorus has just been published by American Composers Edition.
The former of these was premiered by Eliza Garth on August 30 at the Piano Festival on the River, the annual celebration of pianists and piano music held each year on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus.
David Froom is an American composer and college professor. His music has been described as “intensely dramatic yet deeply formal,” “intellectually engaging, explosive with imagination and with a satisfying visceral power,” balancing “diatonic pastoralism with acerbic angularity, Stravinskian rhythmic urgency with lyrical counterpoint.”
Among his most critically acclaimed works are “Circling, “Sonata for Solo Violin, 2nd Piano Trio, and Amichai Songs. Among his most frequently performed music is his saxophone music, which includes a saxophone quartet, “Flying High” for solo alto saxophone, “Turn of Events” for alto saxophone and piano, “Arirang Variations” for alto saxophone, bassoon, and piano, and “Before the Dawn” for alto saxophone and piano.
He has also arranged his flute/clarinet duet, “Circling” for two saxophones. These and all of his works are published by the American Composers Alliance. Froom has taught at the University of Utah, the Peabody Institute and the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been on the faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland since 1989.
He has received awards and honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, (the Charles Ives Scholarship, the Academy Award), the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress, the Barlow Foundation, and is a five-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the State of Maryland.(via Wikipedia)