Composition Department

Claude Baker

Chancellor's Professor

MP3 Recordings and Videos

Aus Schwanengesang for orchestra (2002)

Awaking the Winds for chamber orchestra (1993)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2010)

Elegy for solo violin (1979)

Flights of Passage for solo piano (1998)

Lamentations (pour la fin du monde) for alto/soprano saxophones and orchestra (2006)

Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes for orchestra (1990)

Tableaux Funèbres for piano quintet (2003)

The Glass Bead Game for orchestra (1982, rev. 1983)

Three Phantasy Pieces for viola & percussion (2003, rev. 2005)

Claude Baker
 (b. 1948) attained his doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music, where his principal composition teachers were Samuel Adler and Warren Benson. As a composer, Mr. Baker has received a number of professional honors, including an Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; two Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards; a “Manuel de Falla” Prize (Madrid); the Eastman-Leonard and George Eastman Prizes; BMI-SCA and ASCAP awards; commissions from the Barlow, Fromm and Koussevitzky Music Foundations; a Paul Fromm Residency at the American Academy in Rome; and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation and the state arts councils of Indiana, Kentucky and New York. At the beginning of the 1991-92 concert season, he was appointed Composer-in-Residence of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. He is currently Class of 1956 Chancellor’s Professor of Composition in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Full Biography >>