Music and Middle East Pain: “The Death of Klinghoffer”
Tamar Muskal, composer
Room 115, Music Building
Composed in 1991 by John Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer is an American opera to a libretto by Alice Goodman, premiered in Brussels, and seldom produced in the United States without contest.
Educated both in Israel and the United States, Tamar Muskal composes music that harmonizes the unique cultural aspects of both places. Her music is always in a counterpoint style, carefully structured, and with great attention for details. She was born in 1965 in Jerusalem, Israel. She studied viola, music theory, and composition at the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem where she studied with Mark Kopytman, earning her BA in 1991. Muskal came to the United States in 1994 and subsequently earned her master’s degree from Yale University, where she studied with Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, and Ezra Laderman. She continued her studies at the City University of New York, where she studied with David Del Tredici and Tania Leon.
Sponsored by Jewish Studies at UC Davis, and co-sponsored by the music department’s Valente lectures, the Popper Professorship in Opera, the Israel Peace Alternatives, and the Davis Humanities Institute.