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The American Prize

March 8, 2023|

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—vocal chamber music (professional division), 2023 Bruce Babcock  - for Promethean Fire, sung by Hila Plitmann, with Marcia Dicktstein, harp & Luanne Homzy, violin   

Recording With Trio Casals on February 15

February 10, 2023|

Trio Casals will be recording Nevertheless, my new piano trio, on February 15 at West Chester University, PA for an upcoming album on the Navona label. The album will be followed by a world premiere at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.

The American Prize – 2nd Prize for Irrational Exuberance

January 14, 2023|

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2022, instrumental chamber music. Congratulations! 

A New Review of Time and Again

October 22, 2022|

American composer Bruce Babcock’s Time and Again, a piano sonata in four movements, was composed during the COVID year 2020 for pianist Anna Kislitsyna, and is included on her 2022 Navona Records release, Piano Spectrums: New Works for Piano.  In four movements, Disquietude, Tarantism, Resolve, and Post-Haste, Babcock’s sonata traces, [...]

For Your Grammy Consideration – Best Contemporary Classical Composition

October 16, 2022|

"Time and Again" is a piano sonata in four movements composed for my friend and colleague Anna Kislitsyna. The word "Time" in the title refers to the extraordinarily surreal pandemic year of 2020, and the word "Again" refers to my second opportunity to work with Anna. Anna and Ovidiu Marinescu recorded my sonata for cello [...]

Alternative Facts for Organ

September 26, 2022|

Alternative Facts for Organ was composed for my long-time friend and colleague James Walker. Originally written for piano, A.F. was composed as a reaction to the 2016 presidential campaign, election, and subsequent inauguration of the previous president, and has only become more relevant. A.F. is discombobulating, confounding, frenetic, all of the [...]

Alternative Facts for Organ

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 subsequent inauguration of the 45th president. Ever since he announced [...]

Piano Spectrums with Anna Kislitsyna

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 composers and performers. Read on to learn about his compositional [...]

Anna Kislitsyna Earns a Standing Ovation

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."

Remembering Hugo Friedhofer

May 3, 2022|

Remembering Hugo on the 121st anniversary of his birth, May 3, 2022 - By Bruce Babcock One must be of a certain age to remember Hugo Friedhofer, but not to know his music. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study privately with Hugo for two years [...]