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Preview of Music of Burr Van Nostrand

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette classical music critic Elizabeth Bloom previewed Saturday's Music of Burr Van Nostrand concert.

"…Van Nostrand… had a four-year residency at the Gaudeamus Foundation in the Netherlands; that 'is unheard of' for an American composer, said Mathew Rosenblum, co-director of new music presenting organization Music on the Edge.

'But then, he sort of fell off the map a little bit,' said Mr. Rosenblum, who is also a professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh.

Indeed, "unheard of" is a good phrase to use when describing Mr. Van Nostrand. His music, which is very difficult to play, has been seldom heard; when he was writing, he was drawing on techniques that were ahead of his compositional time, from the 1960s through 1980s."

Read the full article to find out more about this fascinating composer and his work.

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