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VIV 601


Oddly Beautiful Times for Solo Piano
By Michael Isaacson

I. 7:33 A.M. • II. 5:23 P.M. • III. 9:43 P.M.

This set explores the intermediate student’s rhythmic development. The first movement is an optimistically buoyant morning waltz in 7/8. 5:23 P.M. is a merry Elizabethan pub frolic in 5/8. The final movement, written in 9/8, is reflective and romantic in its possibilities.
VIV 601, 12 pages, $8.95

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A Brief Bio of the Composer

Founding Music Director of The Hollywood Pops and The Israel Pops Orchestras. Michael Isaacson enjoys an extraordinary career as composer, conductor, producer, and educator. He has over 250 published compositions, including instrumental, vocal, sacred, and educational works. He is a frequent lecturer at various universities around the country.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, he studied at Juilliard with John Mehegan. Isaacson earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education at Hunter College, a Master of Arts in Musical Composition under Robert Starer at Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D. in Composition from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Samuel Adler.

Dr. Isaacson has composed and conducted original scores for well-known television series, including John Williams and the Boston Pops with Joan Baez, Rich Man, Poor Man II, Little Women, Bionic Woman, Hawaii Five-O, Time Travellers, and the daytime dramas Loving and Days of our Lives. As an arranger, orchestrator, and conductor for feature films, he has had the pleasure of assisting composers Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Walter Scharf, and Charles Fox.

In his career as a music producer, he has conducted and produced new recordings of music with The Munich Philharmonic, The Mexico City Symphony, The Tel Aviv Symphony, and The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His recordings with The Hollywood Pops may be heard on the Sony label.

As the Founding Artistic Director of The Milken Family Archive of 20th Century American Jewish Music, he is responsible for creating a fourteen CD comprehensive music library of newly recorded compositions.

He is the recipient of grants, honors, and awards, from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Eastman School of Music, The Schubert Foundation, ASCAP, and the Foundations of the Milken Families. He has also received the Kavod Award, the Cantors Assembly's highest tribute for lifetime achievement in synagogue music. Dr. Isaacson, his wife Susan, and their two sons Ari and Andrew live in Encino, California


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