Web Posted - Sunday
November 8, 2020
When Steel Talks
Obituary of Jan Bach who composed a concerto for steelpan and orchestra
Global - The first concerto ever written for steelpan and orchestra was written by Dr. Jan Bach.
Jan (Morris) Bach, 82, composer, educator, French Hornist, pianist, cartoonist, father, and grandfather. Born December 11, 1937, in Fairbury, Illinois, he died at his home in DeKalb, Illinois, on October 30, 2020.
at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, receiving the
Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition in 1971. His composition
teachers included Aaron Copland and Thea Musgrave. He was a
Northern Illinois University’s School of Music. Originally hired
to teach French Horn, he taught music theory and composition
there from 1966 to 2004. Over this period, he received the
Excellence in Teaching Award (1978) and a Presidential Research
Professorship grant (1982), and was nominated six times for the
national CASE Professor of the Year award. He also played French
Horn with the DeKalb Municipal Band for three decades.