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Hotel Chelsea Blog
 
Background

Employment History

  • Composer
    Dartington International Summer School
  • Composer

Education

  • piano and music
    Yale
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GERALD BUSBY
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Gerald Busby, piano
12-16COURT DANCES - Ballet Suite in Five Movements for Flute, Cello and Harpsichord (1980)
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GERALD BUSBY
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Gerald Busby, piano
COURT DANCES - Ballet Suite in Five Movements for Flute, Cello and Harpsichord (1980)
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Born in 1935 in Tyler, Texas, Gerald Busby began his professional career as a pianist at seventeen, performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony.
He had been composing for the piano since he was thirteen. To teach himself about other instruments - for he wanted to be able to write for every instrument - he drew on his most vivid childhood memories of hearing orchestral playing. He associated the quintessence of each instrument with a specific work - for example, the English horn with the second movement of Franck's Symphony in D Minor, the flute with Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe , the horn with Tchaikowsky's Romeo and Juliet .
He took the same approach when writing for singers, thinking of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Beethoven's An Die Ferne Geliebte, sung by Fischer-Dieskau, as "quintessential song cycles"
Another constant source of inspiration for Busby has been his friendships with superb musicians such as flutist Michael Parloff, bassist Donald Palma, harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and cellist Jerry Grossman.
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For the next eight years Busby traveled in the Rocky Mountain region and the Northeast as a college textbook salesman for Random House, Alfred A. Knopf and Oxford University Press. He often returned to New York for weekends with his pianist friends Joe Fennimore and Gordon Hibbard in their Westbeth apartment. He continued to write music, and developed a strong interest in cooking.
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Busby cooked the meal and Thomson, impressed with the food, said to him, "I want to see how you put things together and turn them into something else."
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The years 1972-1975 were a turning point for Busby as a composer. Food and friendship again played an important part. By this time he had left the publishing business and settled in New York, and was working as a cook at Ruskay's, a popular restaurant on Columbus Avenue and 75th Street.
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Busby made friends with him and wrote his first published piece, Noumena for Solo Flute (1976), for him. Through Parloff he met other musicians, including Palma, Cooper, Grossman and horn player William Purvis, and wrote pieces for them. As he puts it, "I added instruments as I met friends. They were such virtuosos that there was no limit to what I could ask of them."
In 1977 Busby wrote his first film score - 3 Women, directed by Robert Altman - and appeared in his first acting role, as the Reverend in Altman's A Wedding , filmed in Chicago.
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Busby still lives and works at the Chelsea, where he is a part of the lively mix of artists and personalities who populate the legendary residence.
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It is the first of a series of pieces Busby refers to as "theatrical chamber music," which he loosely defines as music that integrates unusual aspects of performance. Other such works include Rudiments for Tap Dancer, Snare and Bass Drums (1981), inspired by a television series about military boot camp training, and Body Ode (1994) for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and glass-eater.
Camera for Flute, Double Bass and Harpsichord (1979) is dedicated to Busby's friend and patron, the late Mildred Baker. Also a long-time resident of the Chelsea Hotel, Baker had been one of the directors of the WPA in the 1930s, and took a great interest in contemporary music.
Busby continues toward his goal of writing for every instrument and combination thereof.
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Gerald Busby, a native of Texas and graduate of Yale, made his professional debut as a composer with a commission from Paul Taylor for the ballet Runes: Secret Writings for Use in Casting a Spell . The work has received hundreds of performances since its Paris premiere in 1975, and in 1976 was chosen as the first dance work to be featured on the PBS Great Performances Series Dance in America . In 2004 Runes was revived by the Paul Taylor Dance Company at City Center in New York.
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Besides composing music for dance, film and theater, Busby has written over 100 concert works for solo instruments, voice and piano, chorus, concert band and chamber music ensembles.
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During the program, Busby participated in a panel discussion with composers Fred Hersh and Martin Hennessy and moderated by John Corigliano.
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Busby has received commissions from The Gregg Smith Singers, Joffrey II Ballet, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Speculum Musicae and Union Theological Seminary among others.
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BusbyMusic c/o Gerald Busby, The Chelsea Hotel, 222 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10011
Cover art: Painting of Gerald Busby by Maurice Grosser (late 1970s).
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Gerald Busby is especially grateful to Joseph Dalton, Nurit Tilles, Randall Bourschedit, Brennan Gerard, Mark Beard, John Kozar and Marlan Berry for their generous and consistent support.
Inbred Hybrid Collective - Dixon Place presents: "Somewhere, Something Incredible is Waiting to be Known"
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Featuring music by Gerald Busby as well as Inbred Hybrid Collective
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About Gerald Busby:
Gerald Busby, a native of Texas, graduate of Yale, and protégé of Virgil Thomson, is best known for his film score for Robert Altman's
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With Craig Lucas, Gerald wrote the opera ORPHEUS IN LOVE, which premiered in New York at the Circle Repertory Company.
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Gerald has written more than 300 concert works, and his music has been performed and recorded on the EMI, Nonesuch, Eroica Classical Recordings, and Innova labels by such distinguished artists as Akira Eguchi, Thomas Hampson, Craig Rutenberg, Michael Parloff, Kenneth Cooper, Jerry Grossman, William Purvis, Donald Palma, Stephen Michael Smith, Scott Slapin, and Tanya Solomon.
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Busby has received awards, commissions, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The DeKay Foundation, The Virgil Thomson Foundation, The Aaron Copland Foundation, Bellagio (Italy), Yaddo, The Ossabaw Island Project, and The MacDowell Colony. The summer of 2008, Busby was a composer in residence at the Dartington International Summer School in the U.K. where five concerts of his music were presented with six world premieres.
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Gerald has just completed and recorded MOTHS AT MY WINDOW, 15 haiku by Ellen Peckham, with mezzo-soprano Rose Sullivan, vibraphonist Andrew Bowman, and marimbist Diana Herold; and six other songs for mezzo-soprano and piano, Martin Hennessy, pianist.
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Gerald appeared as the Reverend David Ruteledge in Robert Altman's film, A WEDDING, and as himself in Abel Ferrara's documentary about the Chelsea Hotel, CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS.
Documentary: The Man on the Fifth Floor
www.composerscollab.org, 18 July 2013 [cached]
Gerald Busby, award-winning composer:
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The Man on the Fifth Floor is Gerald Busby's story. Busby is the celebrated composer of Robert Altman's film 3 Women, Paul Taylor's ballet RUNES and so much more.
Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog: Events
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Gerald Busby's Review of "Oh Virgil: A Theatrical Portrait"
Gerald Busby, a friend of composer Virgil Thomson, recently checked out Wallace Norman's new play, "Oh Virgil: A Theatrical Portrait."  Busby had this to say about the play, "For anyone who already knows Virgil Thomson's music and his life at the Chelsea Hotel, this production will be deeply satisfying. Gerald Busby, a friend of composer Virgil Thomson, recently checked out Wallace Norman's new play, "Oh Virgil: A Theatrical Portrait."  Busby had this to say about the play, "For anyone who already knows Virgil Thomson's music and his life at the Chelsea Hotel, this production will be deeply satisfying.
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Faculty vocal recital by tenor Lee Steward, with pianist Charis Dimaras, performing a program that includes three world-premiere song cycles by New York City composer Gerald Busby.
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Premiere of Dances for Piano and Others, a piano concerto by Gerald Busby.
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The documentary explores changes in the neighborhood through the eyes of Dan Courtenay, Gerald Busby, Cindy Gallop, Stanley Bard, and us.
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Two compositions by Gerald Busby, The Beard Songs and Speak, a saxophone quartet, is being
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Gerald Busby is best known for his film score for Robert Altman's "3 Women," which received international critical acclaim and was issued as a DVD in the Criterion Collection of classic films.
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With playwright Craig Lucas, Busby wrote the opera Orpheus in Love, which premiered in New York at the Circle Repertory Company.
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Gerald also hosts a radio show, "Collaborations. (Photo of Gerald is by Mia Hanson)
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Gerald Busby
Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog: Rock & Roll
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The film also profiles current residents, including composer Gerald Busby, painter David Combs, photographer Linda Troeller and of course our illustrious proprietor Stanley Bard.
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Gerald Busby
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