Andrew Imbrie: 1921–2007
I first heard Imbrie's music because of New World Records, that noble defender of American music in all its forms. Imbrie's clarity and contrapuntal majesty attracted me, particularly in his songs and his transcendent string quartets.
Yet, according to many, his greatest quality was his ability to teach composition—a quality that, my composer friends assure me, is rare in composers who teach. That means his greatest legacy may well be yet to come.