RIP Milton Babbitt January 31, 2011 3:35 PMSubscribe
Milton Babbitt, the quintessential american academic composer, died Saturday. Whatever you think of his music, he was one of the most significant composers of new music in the second half of the twentieth century. Over his long and influential academic career, Babbitt wrote a ton of very carefully engineered and complex serial music, seeking to achieve rational impact on his listeners even before a visceral connection. He was an advocate for using formal theory as the basis for musical composition.