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Everett Burton Helm (17 July 1913, Minneapolis – 25 June 1999, Berlin) was an American composer, musicologist and music critic.Click here to see the full biography
Everett Burton Helm (17 July 1913, Minneapolis – 25 June 1999, Berlin) was an American composer, musicologist and music critic.
He studied at Harvard, and then after having been awarded a travel fellowship, with Gian Francesco Malipiero in Italy and Ralph Vaughan Williams in England. In 1948, he was appointed Music Officer for the occupying US army in Germany which introduced him to the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in contemporary classical music. Helm regularly participated in the Darmstadt summer schools over the next decades.
From 1950 and into the 1960s, Helm worked as a music critic in Germany, writing for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Musical America. In parallel, he was composing. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned and premiered his First Piano Concerto in 1951, the same year as his first opera, Adam and Eve, was performed at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.Click here to hide this biography