Alex began playing piano by ear at the age of five. He badgered his parents into letting him take lessons when he was only in the first grade. Two months later, he decided he hated the lessons, but his parents made him stick with it. He studied composition with Robert Washburn at State Univ. of New York at Potsdam in 1977-78.
He has served as a pianist and singer with the Jane Hardester Singers and other Los Angeles area ensembles for several years, and has also worked with the Great American Yankee Freedom Band, as pianist for the G.A.Y. Swing Band.
Alex became the accompanist and composer-in-residence for the Los Angeles-based West Coast Singers. In his remunerative life he is a computer whiz for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
Selected works by Alex Murray
Board at a London Music (1987) TTBB a cappella, humorous (1'30") (unpublished)
Distant Lights, for piano (1989-94)
Toward Lesbos (1991) - soprano, mezzo soprano, women's voices and piano, on a text by Rene Vivien (unpublished)
Welcome All Wonders (1992) - SATB chorus and organ.
Mosaic for mixed voices (1993). (Aleatoric piece; unpublished)
The Family of Things (1994-95; YRM)
Native Moments (1995; YRM)
Dectet for Woodwinds (1996; unpublished) for sax quartet, 2 fl., 2 ob. & 2 cl.
Study for Woodwind Quintet (1996; unpublished).
Season of Love (1996; YRM), SATB chorus and piano (holiday piece)
Sonata for Horn and Piano (1998; unpublished)
In Time of Daffodils(Who Know †(1999; YRM), SATB chorus and piano (poem by e. e. cummings)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1999; unpublished)
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YR3201 Family of Things,...
YR3201.1 Great Sea, The
YR3201.2 I Walked Out. . .
YR3204 In time of daffod...
YR3200 Native Moments
YR3201.5 Prayer for the Gr...
YR3202 Pride Springing U...
YR3203 Season of Love
YR3201.3 Wild Geese