elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Chris DeBlasio (February 22, 1959 - July 21, 1993)

Chris DeBlasio was an American composer, best known for his song cycles. His song "Walt Whitman in 1989" was part of the presentation The AIDS Quilt Songbook. He died on July 21, 1993, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 34. (Photo: courtesy estate of Chris DeBlasio)

His companion, William Berger, said the cause was AIDS.

Mr. DeBlasio attended New York University and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Giampaolo Bracali. Among his song cycles are "All the Way Through Evening," "Villagers" and "The Endless Assent." He also composed liturgical pieces.

His song "Walt Whitman in 1989" was part of "The AIDS Quilt Songbook 1992," a program presented at Alice Tully Hall in June 1992.

AIDS Quilt

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/23/obituaries/chris-deblasio-composer-34.html

Further Readings:

Dances for Clavichord by Chris DeBlasio
Publisher: Wayne Leupold Editions (2006)
Amazon: Dances for Clavichord

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