Biographical / Historical
Irwin Heilner (b. New York City, May 14, 1908; d. January 18, 1991) was an American composer of contemporary art music. He lived in Brooklyn for his early years, settling in 1952 in Clifton, NJ, with his family. He was married to Florence, with whom they had two children – the musicians Eric Heilner and Deborah Holland (best known for her work with Animal Logic). During the 1930s, Heilner was a member of the Young Composers’ Group, founded by the composer Elie Siegmeister, which met regularly at the home of Aaron Copland. Heilner studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the spring of 1932, with a recommendation from Copland, but the two did not get along and his planned three years of study lasted merely three months. Other notable teachers include Roger Sessions and Rubin Goldmark. Though he attended the Juilliard School, he earned a BS and MA in music and a MS in Library Service from Columbia University. His compositions feature song, chamber music, and larger form works. William Strickland championed and recorded Heilner’s music.
"Irwin Heilner." American Composer Alliance website. https://composers.com/irwin-heilner, last accessed 18 September 2019.
Concert program, The Nutley Symphony Orchestra (of Northern New Jersey). Sunday, October 25, 1981.