Biography

  

 

Stanley Walden

Born 1932, Brooklyn, New York

 

 

 

EDUCATION

B.A., Music, Queens College, New York

Composition study with Ben Weber

Clarinetist with New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, etc. 1958-1990

 

TEACHING 

Faculty: Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Institute, S.U.N.Y. Purchase

Guest: Eastman School, Yale, S.M.U.

Founder/Chairman (Honorary for Life): Department of Musical Theater, Universität der Künste/Berlin (1990-2001)

American Dance Festival: Young Choreographers and Composers Project

 

OPERAS

Liebster Vater (commissioned by Bremen Stadttheater, also produced in Berlin, Weimar, New York)

Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (Gertrude Stein; New York, Cologne)

Bachs Letzte Oper (Stadttheater Erfurt)

 

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

Invisible Cities (for the Philadelphia Orchestra/Leinsdorf)

Circus (Louisville/Mester, Chicago/Ozawa, Cleveland/Lane)

 Weewis (Joffrey Ballet)

After Auschwitz (Musica Viva, Eastman)

 

CHAMBER MUSIC

Commissions for Reri Grist, Jan DeGaetani, Robert  Levin, Gilbert Kalish, Joel Krosnick, Carole Cowan, The Verdehr Trio

 

THEATER MUSIC, MUSICALS

THE OPEN THEATER:

The Serpent

The Mutation Show

The Winter Project

Oh! Calcutta! (with The Open Window; Broadway/International)

Scuba Duba ( B.J. Friedman, off-Broadway)

Turtlenecks (with Paul Desmond; B.J. Friedman, Detroit)

Back Country (Jacques Levy; Boston)

Miami Lights (Jacques Levy; Miami, Palo Alto)

Pinkville (George Tabori; New York, Berlin)

Café Mitte (Volker Ludwig: Berlin)

Bahn Frei! (Mathias Ulbricht; Berlin)

Dogs (George Tabori; Berlin)

Die Bettleroper (Kurt Bartsch; Berlin)

Claire (Manfred Karge; Bochum)

Faust (Bad Hersfeld)

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Berthold Brecht; Arena Theater, Washington, D.C.)

Endangered Species (with Richard Peaslee, Martha Clarke, Brooklyn Academy of Music)

50+ productions with George Tabori, U. S. and Europe (Burg Theater/Vienna, Berliner Ensemble, etc.)

Butterfly Madam  (B. Peachy) Palm Springs

Die Goldberg Variationen (Tabori) Badische Staatstheater, Karlsruhe

 

BOOKS

Life Upon The Wicked Stage (with Barbara Walden) Kallmeyer Verlag, German and English editions

Autobiography (Forthcoming)

 

FILMS

Desperado City (Camera d’or, Cannes, 1982)

Frohes Fest (ZDF, Mannheim Film Prize)

The Crazy American Girl (Greenwich Films, Paris)

Claire (WDR)

 

RECORDINGS

The Open Window (Vanguard)

Circus (Louisville Records)

Some Changes (Albany)

Oh! Calcutta! (DRG)

Songs of America (Nonesuch)

Café Mitte (CD-Sony; DVD-GRIPS Theater)

Stanley Walden Chamber Music (Naxos, American Classics)

 

SOLO APPEARANCES

Liebster Kurt…Dein Stanley with Sabrina Ascacibar (Kurt Weill Festival/Dresden, throughout Germany; University Club, New York)

Solo program with Hanna Schygulla (Hebel Theater/Berlin) 

Solo recitals in Vienna, Bochum, Munich, Cologne

 

ACTING

Zum Zweiten Mal  (J. C. Carriere, Der Kreis/Vienna, with Hanna Schygulla and Leslie Malton)

Desperado City (film, Vadim Glowna)

Frohes Fest (George Tabori film)

Jubiläum (G.Tabori, Bochum)

 

CONDUCTOR

The Joffrey Ballet

American Dance Festival, Young Choreographers and Composers Program

Brandenburg Philharmonic, Budapest Chamber Orchestra

Spectrum Concerts/Berlin

Kurt Weill Festival, Dessau

 

DIRECTOR

Der Tod Dankt Ab (Victor Ulmann) with Wiener Kammeroper, Berlin Hebbel Theater

Final Callback (Universität der Künste, Berlin)

 

JURY MEMBER

Lotte Lenya Competition

Bertelsmann Neue Stimmen

Deutsches Musical Wettbewerb

 

AWARDS, COMMISSIONS

Grammy Nomination, Oh! Calcutta! (1969)

Constitutional Commission, Invisible Cities (Philadelphia Orch. 1986)

ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award (2006)

Fantasy Variation  for Gilbert Kalish (Gilmore Festival, 2004)

Maquettes for Two Pianos for Robert and Yafei Levin (2001)