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in Wisconsin, HOIBY originally
intended to be a concert pianist. However composition became increasingly
important to him, until he entered the Curtis Institute as a composition
major. There he studied with Gian Carlo Menotti, and later with Samuel
Barber. HOIBY’s music is
warm and melodic -- often even pretty. Vocal music forms the best-known
portion of his output -- his songs have been featured by many leading
singers, most auspiciously Leontyne Price. HOIBY’s
choral music is also frequently heard, and, a virtuoso pianist, he
has written two piano concertos and a good deal of solo music as well.
|Visit Lee Hoiby's
Hoiby in the Classical Music Dictionary
Hoiby biography on the G. Schirmer website