Donald Erb

Donald Erb was Distinguished Professor of Composition, Emeritus, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He receved his B.S.from Kent State University, his M.M.from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and his D.M.from Indiana University.

One of the most performed American-born composers, he has been featured conductor, composer, and lecturer at over 100 universities and colleges throughout the United States. Erb's compositions have been presented by the symphony orchestras of Boston, Dallas, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Atlanta, Seattle, Spokane, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, Cincinnati, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York; New World Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), as well as many orchestras abroad.

He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Kulas, Koussevitsky, Fromm, Aaron Copland and Ford Foundations. Erb served as Composer-in-Residence with the Dallas and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, and recently completed a quarter as resident composer at the American Academy in Rome and a term as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

His works are recorded on Columbia, Nonesuch, CRI, New World, Albany and Vox Turnabout labels. Faculty appointments have included Southern Methodist University and Indiana University.

He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1952; reappointed as Composer-in-Residence, 1966; Distinguished Visiting Artist, 1986; Distinguished Professor of Composition, 1987.

Source

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1967 Reconnaissance 3.50 stars LP
Erb Comments:
A Composition in 5 Mouvements

Featuring the Moog Synthesizer
Instrumental Ensemble cond. Donald Erb.

1968 In No Strange Land 3.50 stars LP
Erb Comments:
A Composition in 4 Mouvements

Trombone, Bass and Electronic Sounds.

1971 ...and the toward the end... 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
For trombone and tape

Stuart Dempster - Trombone.

1976 Concerto for Violincello and Orchestra 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
Lynn Harrell - Cello
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra cond. Leonard Slatkin
1979 Cenotaph (For E.V.) 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
For symphonic band

University Circle Wind Ensemble cond. Gary Ciepluch.

1982 Aura II, for cello & audience 3.50 stars CD
Comments:
-
1987 Concerto for Brass and Orchestra 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra cond. Leonard Slatkin
1988 Woody 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
For clarinet

Oss Powell - Clarinet

1988 Watchman Fantasy 3.50 stars CD
Comments:
For Amplified Piano with digital delay, Violin, Synthesizer
1989 Symphony for Winds 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
For college wind ensemble

University Circle Wind Ensemble cond. Gary Ciepluch.

1990 String Quartet No 2 3.50 stars CD
Comments:
Cavani Quartet
1990 Red Hot Duets (5) for 2 contrabassoons 3.50 stars CD
Comments:
-
1991 Drawing Down the Moon 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
For piccolo and percussion

Jan Gippo - Picolo
Kirk Brundage - Percussion

1992 Ritual Observances 3.50 stars CD
Erb Comments:
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra cond. Leonard Slatkin