Obituary: composer Ingram Marshall, 80

Posted on: June 6, 2022

Composer and performer Ingram Marshall … has died at the age of 80 from complications of advanced Parkinson’s disease,” writes Lara Pellegrinelli in Thursday’s (6/2) National Public Radio. “Marshall forged unusual connections between minimalism and electronic music…. Marshall’s friend, composer John Adams, called it music ‘of an almost painful intimacy.’ … Marshall fostered generations of younger composers [including] Timo Andres, Armando Bayolo, Christopher Cerrone, Tyondai Braxton, Jacob Cooper, Adrian Knight, Matt Sargent, and Stephen Gorbos…. Marshall’s earliest works are text-sound pieces for tape alone, like the raspy Cortez (1973). They progress to feature live voices and instruments with electronic processing … in conjunction with pre-recorded elements…. Fog Tropes (1982), whose premiere Adams conducted, is Marshall’s best-known composition…. Marshall fashions a texture in which the brass players make ideal companions to the foghorns with their penetrating wails…. His compositions often incorporate quotations, including Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata (Woodstone, 1982) … and several references to Sibelius (The Fragility Cycles, Orphée, Dark Waters)…. Many of his pieces are elegiac, as in 1997’s Kingdom Come composed in reflection on Yugoslavian Wars, and September Canons, a piece to commemorate 9/11 written in 2003 for violinist Todd Reynolds…. A concert in Marshall’s honor is being planned at Yale [where he taught] for the 2022-23 academic year.”