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Milton Byron Babbitt
(1916 - )

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1916 Born 10 May, in Philadelphia; the son of a mathematician
1931 Enrols at the University of Pennsylvania with the intention of studying mathematics
1932 Encounter with the music of Arnold Schönberg confirms his decision to become a composer; transfers to New York University
1940s Serves on Princeton University faculty
1942 Completes MFA at Princeton University
1942 Earns degree from New York University
1955 Studied composition privately with Roger Sessions
1958 He wrote the 'notorious' article, "Who Cares If You Listen" dealing with the idea of composer as specialist writing music that the general public has no interest in and can not or does not understand or want to understand.
1959 Is one of the founders of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Studio; wins an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters
1960 Appointed Conant Professor of Music; Receives a Guggenheim Fellowship
1965 Earns a membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters
1970 Receives Brandeis University Gold Medal
1972 Joins composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music
1982 Receives a lifetime Pulitzer Prize in Composition for contributions in twelve-tone and electronic music
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