Kendall Durelle Briggs is an American composer of classical music and music theorist. He is a professor of music theory, music history and analysis at the Juilliard School in New York City. He is considered an authority on common practice harmony and counterpoint and has authored two books on the subject, The Language and Materials of Music and Tonal Counterpoint. He is a recipient of the Charles Ives Prize in composition.
Briggs was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He was first exposed to music by his mother, a classical pianist. He later studied the cello as well. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he received a bachelor's degree in composition, and later went on to study at the Juilliard School, where he received his master’s and doctoral degrees. He joined the Juilliard's faculty in 1994.
He has studied with renowned pedagogues Maurice Skones, conductor of Choir of the West; composer David Diamond; Mary Anthony Cox; and Charles Jones.
Notable works include:
- Concerto for Orchestra
- Symphony No. 1
- Symphony No. 2
- Symphony No. 3
- Sinfonietta for String Orchestra
- The Hypochondriac, a one-act opera based on Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire
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