Herbert Deutsch is a composer, author, educator, and performer, and was Professor of Music at Hofstra University for 57 years. He is a composer of music in various media and his work has been widely performed, and commissioned works have been featured at national and regional conferences. In 1972, Deutsch co-founded the Long Island Composers Alliance. During his career at Hofstra, he founded Jazz Ensemble, Electronic Music Studios, New Music Ensemble, and created the B.S. Degree programs in Jazz, Composition/Theory and Music Business. He received the George Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Hofstra Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. The Music Department has established the Herbert Deutsch Award for highest honors in Music Education.

In 1964, Deutsch collaborated with Robert A. Moog on the development of the Moog Synthesizer and, in September of 1965, his “New York Improvisation Quartet” presented the Moog’s first live program at Town Hall in New York City. He is a member and judge of The NY State School Music Association’s Composition and Improvisation Committee and a clinician in composition sessions at New York’s All-State Conference.

Since the year 2000, Deutsch has focused most of his composition work on pieces for chamber ensembles. In this period, he’s composed for his wife Nancy, and for many personal friends and locations which have been important to Deutsch.

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Albums

Encounters

Release Date: January 22, 2021
Catalog Number: RR8049
21st Century
Chamber
Piano
Trumpet
Violin
Legendary composer, author, and educator Herbert Deutsch presents his newest album, ENCOUNTERS: JAZZ, SONGS & CHAMBER MUSIC, on Ravello Records. The music, performed by the American Chamber Ensemble, is unflaggingly groundbreaking; Deutsch, who in 1964 collaborated on the development of the Moog Synthesizer and composed music for its first live performance, deepens his legacy of innovation with this latest collection.
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Mind & Machine

Release Date: August 10, 2018
Catalog Number: RR7994
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Chamber
Electroacoustic
Electronic
MIND & MACHINE is the first of two electro-acoustic compilations to be released on RAVELLO RECORDS. Featuring the work of seven composers on six tracks, MIND & MACHINE explores the incredible range of works that can be categorized as electro-acoustic, a music in which styles are dictated by the technology that is at the heart of its performance. As far-ranging as are the works themselves are the composers of these pieces.
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Vanguards 2

Release Date: January 13, 2015
Catalog Number: RR7902
20th Century
21st Century
Chamber
Percussion
Piano
Voice
Ravello Records announces the second installment of its compilation series, VANGUARDS 2, presenting a deep cross-section of the label's contemporary and eclectic catalog. The album features performances by the London Symphony Orchestra, pianist Gregory Hall, the McCormick Percussion Group, mezzo-soprano Elaine Huckle, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, guitarist Alex Lubet, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and many more in works by contemporary composers including Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Herbert Deutsch, Walter Ross, Rachel Lee Guthrie, Mark Vigil, Kim Halliday, Andrew May, Mel Mobley, Marga Richter, and others.
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From Moog To Mac

Release Date: October 30, 2012
Catalog Number: RR7846
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Electroacoustic
Electronic
Voice
FROM MOOG TO MAC is a collection of Deutsch's compositions for and performances on the Moog synthesizer spanning the last 30 years, from works written using the original "portable electronic music studio" to those written on the modern variations. This historic release features developmental tracks tracking the genesis and improvements on the synthesizers, in which Deutsch frequently pushes the boundaries of both musical content and technological innovation.
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