William Neil

William Neil

William Neil (b. 1954)
William Neil is an American composer who follows a tonal and largely lyrical tradition. With degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and a doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Music, Neil served as the first Composer in Residence of the Chicago Lyric Opera and has won several international awards and honors. Occasionally looking to poetry for his songs, he has turned to D.H. Lawrence as well as Jorge Luis Borges.

Borges-Related Works

Límites -- (1978). For chamber orchestra and mezzo-soprano, this is a setting of Borges poem by the same name.

More Information

William Neil maintains a homepage called The Composer's Studio.

The Garden of Forking Paths offers a more comprehensive Neil biography here.


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