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Martino, Donald

Martino, Donald

Born in 1931


Inducted in 2007

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, May 16, 1931, Martino began music lessons at nine – learning to play the clarinet, saxophone and oboe – and started composing at 15. He earned degrees from Syracuse and Princeton Universities. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his many awards include two Fulbright Scholarships; three Guggenheim awards; grants from the Massachusetts Arts council, National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the NEA; the Brandeis Creative Arts Citation in Music; the 1974 Pulitzer Prize in music for his chamber work Notturno, First Prize in the 1985 Kennedy Center Friedheim Competition for his String Quartet (1983), and the Boston Symphony’s Mark M. Horblit Award. Mr. Martino taught at Princeton, Yale, The New England Conservatory of Music, Brandeis and Harvard. Commissions for new works have come from, among others, the Paderewski Fund, the Fromm, Naumburg, Koussevitzky, and Coolidge Foundations; the Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphonies; and a number of music societies and organizations. According to the New Grove, “Martino’s music has been characterized as expansive, dense, lucid, dramatic romantic all of which are applicable. But it is his ability to conjure up for the listener a world of palpable presences and conceptions…that seems most remarkable.”

Listen to Martino, Donald

"Suite in Old Form "

Movement: Gigue Fantsay
Performer: Eliza Garth (piano)
Courtesy Of: Centaur Records

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