James Madison served as the fourth president of the United States, from 1809-1816.
February 10, 2011 Hear the late Milton Babbitt's contribution to the Mr. President cycle, with words from Madison's Federalist Papers. There's a hint of sarcasm in the text, and sheer beauty in the music.
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Composer Milton Babbitt
January 31, 2011 Watch the premiere of Robert Hilferty and Laura Karpman's film about the pioneering, and uncompromising, composer and teacher who died Jan. 29 at age 94.
Milton Babbitt, a composer and director of Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Centre in New York.
January 29, 2011 The long-time faculty member of Princeton University and Juilliard embraced a broad range of sounds and influenced several generations of composers. He had a mathematical approach to music, embracing as a young man the serial approach to composition.
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Sondheim, shown here in 1974, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sunday in the Park with George. He has also received eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy awards and a Kennedy Center Honor.
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December 29, 2010 The New York Times calls Stephen Sondheim the "greatest and perhaps best-known artist in American musical theater." Sondheim composed the music and lyrics for, among others, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods andCompany. He joins Fresh Air to discuss his career in musical theater.
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May 10, 2006 To celebrate the 90th birthday of American composer Milton Babbitt, Fred Child talks with Babbitt about his reputation as a "difficult" composer, and about his love of Broadway musicals. Also, soprano Judith Bettina sings a song Babbitt wrote for a musical comedy.
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