• Dave Brubeck

    by  • December 6, 2012 • Uncategorized

    My first composition teacher, Anne Kish, used to tell stories about Dave Brubeck at her house during young composers weekends. She lived across the street from him when both of them were studying with Darius Milhaud.

    I don’t remember a lot of the stories but one has always stuck with me. She would say “Milhaud loved David the most of all of us”, and then recount the story of how, when Madeleine Milhaud would go out of town, Dave Brubeck would go over to Milhaud’s house to help him out — Milhaud spent much of his life in a wheelchair due to debilitating arthritis. Dr. Kish would say “David would lift his teacher out of the wheelchair to help him use the toilet. And this, you see, is love.”

    We’d listen to Brubeck a lot during those weekends… I’m humbled to be part of this lineage and carry these stories. I suppose if Milhaud is my compositional grandfather, Dave Brubeck is my cool uncle.

    Here’s a short film clip with Brubeck discussing Milhaud. RIP, Mr. Brubeck.

    About

    Matthew McCabe joined the music faculty at Columbus State University in the Fall of 2009 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Audio Technology. Dr. McCabe earned degrees in music from the University of Richmond, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Florida, and has focused on electroacoustic music and the creative use of music technology throughout his career. He worked as the music technology specialist at the University of Richmond for two years following graduation, and has served as the technical director for both the Florida and Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festivals. He also serves on the board of the Society of Composers, Inc. as a system administrator and web designer. His compositions can be found on the Centaur and Everglade labels, and his writings have appeared in Computer Music Journal, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, and the Society of Composers, Inc. newsletter. This fall, Dr. McCabe is teaching courses in Audio Recording Techniques, Computer Music, and Composition, as well as directing the CSU Popular Music Ensemble.