William Albright

Albright was born in Gary, Indiana, and began learning the piano at the age of five, and attended the Juilliard Preparatory Department (1959-62), the Eastman School of Music (1962-3) and the University of Michigan (1963-70). He then received a Fulbright scholarship to study with Olivier Messiaen in Paris for a year. In 1970 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he taught until his death in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1998.

His music combined elements of non-tonal classical music with American popular music. In particular, he was an enthusiast for ragtime, and was instrumental in helping to revive interest in composers such as Scott Joplin and Joseph Lamb.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1970 Dream Rags 4.00 stars CD
Arthur Bliss Comments:
Part: Sleepwalker's Shuffle

Gloria Cheng - Piano

1971 Organbook II 4.00 stars LP
New Music for Organ Comments:
Ragtimes for the Church Organ

1. Night Procession
2. Toccata Satanique
3. Last Rites (+ tape)

William Albright - Organ