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) is Class of 1956 Chancellor’s Professor of Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  

The professional honors Baker has received as a composer include an Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; two Kennedy Center Friedheim awards; a “Manuel de Falla” Prize from the Government of Spain; the Pogorzelski-Yankee Prize from the American Guild of Organists; the Eastman-Leonard and George Eastman prizes; awards from ASCAP, BMI, and the League of Composers/ISCM; commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and Meet the Composer (now New Music USA); a Paul Fromm Residency at the American Academy in Rome; and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, and the state arts councils of Indiana, Kentucky, and New York. 

From 1991 to 1999, he was composer-in-residence at the St. Louis Symphony, one of the longest such residencies with any major orchestra in the country.

Baker earned his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where his principal composition teachers were Samuel Adler and Warren Benson.

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