Babbitt, Milton (Byron) at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. composer. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Mississippi, he studied mathematics and music. At Princeton Univ. he studied with R. Sessions and later joined the faculty, where he remained throughout his career. He became one of the first U.S. twelve-tone composers, and by 1947 he became (in his Three Compositions for Piano) perhaps the first composer to write totally serialized music based on ordered structures not only of pitch but of elements such as rhythm and dynamics. The first composer to work with RCA's Mark II synthesizer, he became one of the first Americans to write electronically synthesized music. He wrote various works combining live performers and tape; his best-known works include Composition for Synthesizer (1961) and Philomel (1964). He also composed popular songs, film music, and a musical.