- Hello unto you.
Sad but true...
Herbert Brun, Composer Who Melded Electronics With Music, Dies at 82
By WOLFGANG SAXON
Herbert Brun, a composer who helped introduce the use of electronics
and computers in creating music, died on Nov. 6 in Urbana, Ill. He was
and lived in Urbana.
Mr. Brun was a professor emeritus of music composition at the
Illinois School of Music. He formally retired in 1988 but contined to
seminar in experimental composition until his death.
Born in Berlin, Herbert Julius Brun wrote modern music for various
instruments. But he also became a central figure in melding
computer technology with music, and his teaching and writings in
and German influenced that development. He left Germany for Palestine
1936 and studied piano composition in Tel Aviv and at the Jerusalem
Conservatory of Music. He took more music courses at Columbia in the
After 1950 he lived in Israel and Germany, writing for the theater,
and television. His work included lecturing on Bavarian Radio in
(where he met his wife, Marianne Kortner), and in summer courses in
He also conducted research in Paris, Cologne and Munich on the use of
electro-acoustic and electronic sound production in composing music,
and he repeatedly toured the United States. In 1963 he was offered the
professorship at Urbana, which allowed him to expand his study of
computer systems as another resource in his work.
While continuing to write pieces for traditional instruments, he used
computers to generate sound, which he integrated into his
He wrote widely on the function of computers in music and on the place
music in society and politics.
Last year James Levine and the percussionists of the Metropolitan
included an unconducted performance of Mr. Brun's "More Dust" (1977)
a free concert series of contemporary works by, among others, Varèse
In Mr. Brun's piece, Allan Kozinn reported in The New York Times,
musicians proceeded from tambourine, cymbal and xylophone to larger
drums to instruments emitting a glasslike sound and on to snares. In
music the instruments interacted with one another and with taped
sounds, Mr. Kozinn wrote.
During the 1970's and 80's Mr. Brun held guest professorships at
universities in the United States and Germany.
In addition to his wife, Professor Brun is survived by two sons,
Michael and Stefan, both of Urbana; a sister, Erika Brun of Haifa,
(this sad tid-bit culled from Eric McMullen and Gregor Meyer)