Lowell Liebermann is an American composer, conductor, and pianist from New York City, New York. He began studying the piano at the age of eight, and composition with Ruth Schonthal, a student of Paul Hindemith, at the age of 14. As a young student, Liebermann was fascinated with Bach’s keyboard music, which developed his love for contrapuntal musical styles. Two years later, Liebermann made his piano debut at the Carnegie Recital hall (Weill Hall) with his Piano Sonata Op. 1, which he composed at age 15. In 1969, he began his studies at the Juilliard School of Music, where he received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in composition. He currently serves as an assistant professor in composition at the Mannes School of Music/The New School.
Throughout his career, Liebermann has composed 137 works, including the popular works Gargoyles, Op. 29 for Piano, and Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23. He has also composed many art songs, and has composed several for his own pleasure. In an interview, he explained that composing for the art song genre is liberating as he is able to work off of the emotional framework created by poets. In his art songs, Liebermann has incorporated the poems of American writers like Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and others.
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Okulitch, Daniel. The New American Art Song. Recorded March 5, 2001. GPR Records, compact disc.
An Opera House, Op. 120
A Poet to His Beloved, Op. 40Song Collection
William Butler Yeats
Final Songs, Op. 21Song Collection
Five Songs on Poems of Jean Starr Untermeyer, Op. 135Song Collection
Jean Starr Untermeyer
Four Seasons, Op. 123Song Collection
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Night Songs, Op. 22Song Collection
Mark Van Doren
On the Beach at Night, Op. 78
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, Op. 41
Six Songs on Poems by Henry W. Longfellow, Op. 57Song Collection
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Six Songs on Poems of Raymond Carver, Op. 80Song Collection
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, Op. 104Song Collection
The Next Time, Op. 73
Three Dream Songs, Op. 53Song Collection
Three Poems of Stephen Crane, Op. 11Song Collection
Two Songs on Poems of Anthony Hecht, Op. 86Song Collection
War Songs, Op. 7Song Collection
Of Love Of You: A Tribute To Emery W. Harper - New Music for Soprano, Bass-Baritone and Piano
(Lowell Liebermann, William Bolcom, Arnold Weinstein, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson)
Little Heaven: Songs of Lowell Liebermann
The Opera America Songbook--Volume 1
(Mark Campbell, Richard Danielpour, Daron Aric Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, Amy Lowell, John Musto, Carl Sandburg, William Shakespeare and Robert Louis Stevenson)
Liebermann: Quintets for Clarinet and Piano
Liebermann: Complete Chamber Music For Flute
(Lowell Liebermann and William Butler Yeats)