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John Jeffrey Gibbens


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John Jeffrey Gibbens holds degrees in Composition and French Literature from Lawrence University and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Gibbens's teaching experience includes a semester as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Gibbens's research into connections between Claude Debussy and Charles Ives has been cited extensively by scholars. Publications include Burst for Snare Drum in Smith Publications's anthology The Noble Snare, and "Design in Ben Johnston's Sonata for Microtonal Piano," Interface, fall 1989. Gibbens is active as a free-lance piano accompanist, researcher, and archivist in Madison, Wisconsin. His interests include the music of architect Bruce Goff and centenarian Leo Ornstein, microtonal music, and American experimental music in general. A charter member of the Wisconsin Alliance of Composers, he serves currently on its board of directors.

Principal works


Four Studies after Edward Hopper (1979)
Breaks (1986)
including "Satyr's Wake," "Shout"
Chickpig Walk (1988)
First Piano Set (1990-1991)
including "Peaceable Kingdom," "Squirrels," "Trees Clap Hands"
Second Piano Set (1992-1999)
including "Nocturne" (1995), "Waltz-Variations" (1992-1994), "Ballad-Variations" (1993-1994), "Rhapsody" (1993-1997), Strut (1998), and Nocturne II (1998-1999)


Woodwind Quintet (1979-1980)
String Quartet (1980-1983)
Homage for Oboe, Horn, Vibraphone, Harp, and Cello (1982)
Nonet (1984)
Travelling Music for Marimba (1987)
Concertino for Bassoon with Trumpet and Piano (1989)
Guitar Set (1989)
Duo for Viola and Cello (1991)
Winnowing and Sifting for piccolo, tuba, and piano (1995)
Lamentation for ten brass (1997)


The Lady from the Sea, incidental music to the Ibsen play for 4 men's voices, clarinet, horn, trombone, and piano (1980-1981)
Parentheses (Music 360) (1981-1984)
13 songs for voice and piano (1975-1978, 1986-1988)

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