Bruce Babcock Composer

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  • September 8, 2022

    Arriving September 23 - James Walker performs Alternative Facts for Organ on a new album from Navona. Alternative Facts for Organ (2021) Alternative Facts was originally composed for Piano Solo (2019) in reaction to the 2016 presidential campaign, election, and [...]

  • July 27, 2022

    Ten contemporary composers share their works on PIANO SPECTRUMS, a profoundly emotive selection of aesthetic contemporary pieces performed by Anna Kislitsyna. Today, Bruce is our featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our [...]

  • July 11, 2022

    Anna Kislitsyna earned a standing ovation following her June 24 solo recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She performed ten works including my four-movement piano sonata "Time and Again."


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SUSTAIN VOL. 3 - Album Cover
Playing on the Edge 2

Upcoming Events

Alternative Facts for Organ YouTube Video

Following the release of Navona album NV6466, Sustain Vol 3, which contains my Alternative Facts for Organ, we have created an accompanying YouTube video. It will release on September 26, 2022. Alternative Facts was originally composed for piano (2019), in reaction to the 2016 presidential campaign, election, and subsequent inauguration of the 45th president. Ever since he announced his candidacy we have, as a nation, endured a profound attack on reality, not to mention democracy, diplomacy, civility, and honesty. This is now our exhausting "alternative facts" daily life. The original A.F. was written for the brilliant Emmy and Grammy-winning Gloria Cheng. The organ version was written for my long-time friend and colleague, the formidable James Walker, emeritus Director of Music at All Saints Church, Pasadena and College Organist at Occidental College, Los Angeles. Under his direction the choirs of All Saints premiered and recorded several of my choral works. James has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and for the American Choral Directors Association, Association of Anglican Musicians and American Guild of Organists. The piece itself reflects the times we are living in. Discombobulating, confounding, frenetic, all of the above. Many thanks to Kellyanne Conway for the title.

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Ursula Kleinecke Sings Dorothy Parker

Ursula Kleinecke will sing my Dorothy Parker songs, "This Is What I Know," with Carolyn Beck, bassoon, and Gayle Blankenberg, piano, on October 21, as part of The Friday Noon Concert Series. The series is  jointly sponsored by the Pomona and Scripps Colleges Departments of Music. The concert starts at 12:15 p.m. in Balch Auditorium, on the Scripps College campus.

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Featured Reviews

“An impression of musicality which is very pleasant, indeed… a convincing sense of an overall mood… knows what he wants … sure of what he’s doing.”

– Aaron Copland

“…a musician who blends superior craftsmanship with a colourful, expressive sense of narrative.”

– Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone

“Like a master sculptor of sonic marble, Babcock carves out wonderfully energetic dissonances; never allowing an unneeded doubling to disrupt his perfect balance.”

– Casey Cook, judge, The American Prize
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