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Henry Martin, composer and performer of jazz and classical music, and a scholar of music history, theory, and composition

Music is the centerpiece of Dr. Henry Martin’s life: teaching music, performing music, writing music, recording music, and writing about music.

As a professor of music at Rutgers, Martin teaches music theory, composition, music history, and jazz history at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

As a composer, he has written orchestral works: Piano Concerto No. 3, Shadows of the Moon (for violin and orchestra), and the Symphony of Antepurgatory. His work for solo piano is highly regarded and includes preludes and fugues, four piano sonatas, Inventiones, Four Jazz Scenes, and Pippa's Song.

Martin is currently composing a cycle of preludes and fugues for organ, commissioned by Michael Barone of American Public Media for premieres by leading concert organists, as well as a series of interconnected symphonies based on Dante's Purgatorio.

Martin is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1992 National Composers Competition and the 1998 Barlow International Composition Competition.

Martin’s writings about music include several books and numerous articles on jazz and music theory. He also is a co-editor of the Journal of Jazz Studies.

Martin has been a guest speaker or performer at numerous universities and other venues, and has received grants and fellowships from organizations such as the Aaron Copland Foundation, the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy, and Columbia University. In 2004, he was selected for a Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research. He holds a doctoral degree in music composition from Princeton University, music degrees from the University of Michigan and Oberlin Conservatory, and a bachelor of arts from Oberlin College.

More information is at his website: http://www.henrymartin.org/.

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