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Andrew Schulze was born in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1980. Although he began his study of piano in adolescence with modest works of Beethoven and Chopin, he was playing preludes of Rachmaninov and Scriabin by the time he went to college a few years later.
Schulze entered Bard College in August of 1999, and took courses in number theory and music theory. The following year he changed his major from mathematics to music, gave up performance for composition, and began studying privately with Kyle Gann.
His works include pieces for recorded electronics, a set of piano preludes, a clarinet sonata, a flute sonata, and other piano works. Generally, his music features a specific attention to line and melody, simple approaches to harmony and form, and complex but repetitive time signatures. Some of his favorite meters include 7/4, 17/8, and 27/16. He has been influenced by the music of Beethoven, Haydn, Ives, Schubert, Scriabin, La Monte Young, and Kyle Gann.
In May of 2003, Schulze premiered his largest work to date, Microtonal Safari, a 45 minute suite for recorded electronics using over 50 pitches per octave. He later received the Dr. Richard M. Siegel Memorial Prize in Music from Bard College, and graduated with a B.A. in composition.
He has written a children’s book, The Harmonic Series Explained, and is currently editing a collection of his own humor columns, The Pursuit of Class. His CDs Microtonal Safari and Dreams and Lullabies are available exclusively on the Spiked Punch Records label.
Schulze will continue his study of composition this fall with Robert Carl at the Hartt School.
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