Composition Department

Don Freund


MP3 Recordings and Videos

Passion with Tropes (blog, with video)

Romeo & Juliet (video and pdf score)

Dissolving Music (sound recording)

Hard Cells (sound recording)

Madame Bovary (sound recording)

Pentecost (sound recording)

Soft Cells (sound recording)

Viola Concerto (sound recording)

Life Goes On (sound recording and pdf score)

Sonapartita (Noch Nach Bach) (sound recording and pdf score)

Sonatina - Spring 1967 (sound recording and pdf score)

Ukrainian Fantasy (sound recording and pdf score)

Don Freund has composed over 100 performed works, ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral music to pieces involving live performance with electronic instruments, music for dance and large theatre works; he is also active as a pianist, conductor, and lecturer. He has received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2005), two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous other awards, prizes and commissions.

Don Freund was born in Pittsburgh in 1947; he studied at Duquesne University and earned his graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music. His composition teachers were Joseph Willcox Jenkins, Darius Milhaud, Charles Jones, Wayne Barlow, Warren Benson, and Samuel Adler. From 1972 to 1992 he was chairman of the Composition Department at Memphis State University. As founder and coordinator of Memphis State University's Annual New Music Festival, he programmed close to a thousand new American works; he has been conductor or pianist in the performance of some two hundred new pieces, usually in collaboration with the composer. He has been Professor of Composition at the Indiana University School of Music since 1992. Teaching composition continues to be a major component of Freund's career; students from 35 years of teaching have won an impressive array of awards and recognitions. Full Biography >>