Biography

Born 1932, Brooklyn, New York.                 

Graduated Queens College, New York, composition study with Ben Weber.

Clarinetist with New York Phil., Met. Opera, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, etc.

Faculty; Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Institute; S.U.N.Y. Purchase;

        Guest: Eastman School, Yale, S.M.U. , American Dance Festival.

Founder/Chairman (Honorary for Life): (1990-2001) Dep’t. of Musical Theater,

        Univ. der Künste/Berlin.

OPERAS: “Liebster Vater” (commissioned by Bremen Stadttheater, also produced

        in Berlin, Weimar, New York), “Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights” (G. Stein,

        New York, Cologne).  “Bachs Letzte Oper” (Stadttheater Erfurt).

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC:”Invisible Cities” (for the Philadelphia Orch./Leinsdorf);

        “Circus” (Louisville/Mester, Chicago/Ozawa, Cleveland/Lane);

        “Weewis” (Joffrey Ballet); “After Auschwitz” (Musica Viva, Eastman).

CHAMBER MUSIC: for Reri Grist, Jan DeGaetani, Robert  Levin, Gilbert Kalish,

        Joel Krosnick,  Carole Cowan, The Verdehr Trio.

THEATER MUSIC, MUSICALS:

        “The Serpent”; “The Mutation Show”; “The Winter Project”

        (THE OPEN THEATER); "Oh! Calcutta! "(with The Open Window; B'way/           

        international); "Scuba Duba" ( B.J Friedman, off-B'dway);                    

        “Back Country” (Boston); “Miami Lights” (Miami, Palo Alto); “ Café Mitte”,

        “Bahn Frei!”. “Dogs”, “Bettleroper” (Berlin); “Claire” (Bochum); “Faust” (Bad

        Hersfeld); more than 50 productions with George Tabori in the U. S. and Europe

        (Burg Theater/Vienna, Berliner Ensemble, etc.) "The Caucasian Chalk Circle”

        (Arena Theater, Wash. DC):  “Endangered Species” (Martha Clarke, BAM)

BOOK: “Life Upon The Wicked Stage” (with Barbara Walden) Kallmeyer Verlag.

FILMS: “Desperado City” (Camera d’or, Cannes, 1982); “Frohes Fest”

        (Mannheim Film Prize); “The Crazy American Girl” (Greenwich Films, Paris);

        “Claire” (WDR).

RECORDINGS: “The Open Window” (Vanguard); “Circus” (Louisville Records);

        “Some Changes” (Albany); “Oh! Calcutta!” (DRG);

        “Songs of America” (Nonesuch); “Café Mitte” (CD-Sony; DVD-GRIPS Theater;

        “Stanley Walden Chamber Music” (Naxos, American Classics)               

SOLO APPEARANCES: “Liebster Kurt” (w/Sabrina Ascacibar) Kurt Weill Festival/

        Dresden: throughout Germany: Univ. Club, New York; solo program, Hebel

        Theater/Berlin, with Hanna Schygulla; solo recitals in Vienna, Bochum,            

        Munich, Cologne              

ACTING:  “Zum Zweiten Mal” (J. C. Carriere, Der Kreis/Vienna,w/Hanna Schygulla &

        Leslie Malton); “Desperado City” (film, V. Glowna); “Frohes Fest” (G. Tabori

        film);  "Jubiläum" (G.Tabori, Bochum).

CONDUCTOR: The Joffrey Ballet, American Dance Festival, Brandenburg Phil.,       

        Budapest Chamber Orch., Spectrum Concerts/ Berlin, Kurt Weill Festival.

DIRECTOR: "Der Tod Dankt Ab" (V. Ulmann) co-dir. Wiener Kammeroper, Berlin

        Hebbel Theater; "Final Callback" (U.D.K./Berlin).

JURY MEMBER: Lotte Lenya Competition, Bertelsmann Neue Stimmen, Deutsches

        Musical Wettbewerb.

AWARDS, COMMISSIONS: Grammy Nomination, “Oh! Calcutta!” (1969);

        Constitutional Commission (Phil. Orch. 1986); ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award,

        (2006); “Fantasy Variation” (Gilmore Festival, 2004); “Maquettes” Rbt. Levin

        (2001).

Copyright 2008 by Stanley Walden.

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