James Tenney '58

1934-2006

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An influential composer, music theorist, and performer, James Tenney ’58 cofounded and served as conductor of the Tone Roads Chamber Ensemble in New York City and has performed with ensembles of Harry Partch, John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass.

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Meta + Hodos: A Phenomenology of 20th-Century Musical Materials and an Approach to the Study of Form (Frog Peak Music, 1988) and A History of 'Consonance' and 'Dissonance' (Excelsior Music Publishing, 1988). He received grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Fromm Foundation.

Tenney attended the University of Denver, The Juilliard School of Music, Bennington College (BA, 1958), and the University of Illinois (MA, 1961) and later taught at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, the California Institute of the Arts, the University of California, and York University in Toronto.

Photograph © Rick McGinnis