Comments from colleagues and reviewers . . .

February 3, 2016

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Comments from colleagues, mentors, and reviewers . . .

ERIC WHITACRE – “WOW! Just loved this (“irrational exuberance”), Bruce! And “Send Me Anywhere” is absolutely gorgeous – I’d love to hear this live.”

DAVE KOZ – On “irrational exuberance,” “First of all, great title! What a lovely piece of music—just beautiful, Bruce. So thematic, and it really has a great flow of ideas that all work together so well.” 

DAN HIGGINS – “I love your piece (“irrational exuberance”). Nice to know that someone is out there still writing for the alto sax.” 

AARON COPLAND – “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.”

JOHN CORIGLIANO – “EVENT HORIZON is wonderful…a terrific sense of the orchestra.”

HUGO FRIEDHOFER – “I hear a bit of the Viennese in that boy, and I refer of course to both the First and Second Viennese Schools.”

EARLE HAGEN – “Bruce Babcock is knowledgeable, studied, and in command of his art. He is an exceptional composer, orchestrator and arranger.”

LALO SCHRIFIN – “It was an Argentinian poet that said, “Genius is the one who knows how to select his influences.” You have very well selected your influences.”

ANGELA LANSBURY – “I am enormously grateful for your work on “Murder, She Wrote” and feel it made an enormous difference to so many of our shows.”

THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE – “Settings of three Rilke poems… evoked poetic colors rare for the philosophical changes of the life journey.”

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – “The lyrical “SOLILOQUY” by Bruce Babcock (composed for James Galway) received a relaxed rendition from Lisa Edelstein”

THE SANTA BARBARA NEWS PRESS – “Mr. Babcock’s TRIO (for clarinet, viola and piano, 2003) featured a multitude of original ideas matched by a keen sensitivity to the color and character of his chosen instruments. Listeners rejoiced in the perky, quirky spirit of this superbly crafted piece.”

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