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Memphis Composers

Memphis area composers, including current and former faculty, students, community members.

JOHN BAUR, 1947 -


Dr. John Bauder is the Coordinator of Theory and Graduate Composition at the Rudi E. Schedit School of Music at the University of Memphis. He holds a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. As a 1971 Fulbright Scholar in England, Baur studied with Thea Musgrave and Richard Rodney Bennett. Baur has been at the University of Memphis since 1979 and has served as the Interim Director of the School of Music as well as Associate Director for Graduate Studies.

Baur has received numerous commissions, including grants for new works from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1982 he was designated “Tennessee Composer of the Year" by the Tennessee Music Educators Association. His program, Music of the 20th Century, on public radio station WKNO, was broadcast nationally in 1992.

Among his works (for various ensembles across a wide array of genre) is the opera The Promise, which is based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the opera premiered at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in October, 2004. Baur is currently working on his second full opera, Magdala, based on the life of Mary Magdalene.



Apparitions, for flute and dancers.

Ave Maris Stella, for mixed choir.  CD

Beyond Sun, for horn and tape.

Blue 5, for guitar.

Chamber Concerto II.

Colors O'Keeffe, wind controller.

Death Dances, for flute, clarinet, violin, vello, percussion, piano.

Expo, for synthesizer.

For Four, guitar quartet.

Four for the Road, for solo double bass.

Four Miniatures, for voice and chamber ensemble.

Four Studies for Guitar.

Impressions I, for violin and piano.

Impressions IV, for double bass quartet.

Impressions V, for organ.

Love Songs from the Chinese, for soprano and guitar.

Magdala, opera

The Moon and the Yew Tree, songs set to poetry of Sylvia Plath, for soprano and piano.  CD

Piano Quartet I.

Preludes for Organ.

The Promise, two-act opera based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Requiem - String Quartet no. 3

Roethke Poems, for soprano and piano.

Shards//black/white//, for soprano and chamber orchestra.

Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Songs of Livingdying, for mezzo-soprano, percussion, and piano.

Songs of Love, for soprano and piano.

Spiral  Fires - String Quartet no. 1

String Quartet no. 1: Spiral Fires

String Quartet no. 3: Requiem


Music Theory Through Literature. 2-volume music theory text. Book

Practical Music Theory. Theory text combining print book and web resources.

The Promise: Act I, Scene 2