William Hellermann was born in 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His compositions have received frequent performances and by such organizations as The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Roulette, Sounds Out of Silent Spaces, Creative Time, The Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, World Music Institute, The Group for Contemporary Music, Evenings for New Music, Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, Utrecht Symphony Orchestra (Holland), RAI Symphony Orchestra (Rome), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Biennale de Paris, L'Itineraire (Paris), Ensemble Instrumental de Musique Contemporaine de Paris, Festival D'Orleans (France), Studio Musique Contemporaine (Switzerland), and the Instituto di Tella (Buenos Aires). There are several commercial recordings of Mr. Hellermann's music currently available: Turnabout Records (VOX), Electronic Music Vol. IV with Ariel, CRI with Ek-Stasis II, Nonesuch Records, The New Trumpet with Passages 13 - The Fire, and Edipan Records with At Sea. His works are published by Theodore Presser (Merion Music), Media Press, and American Composers Edition (ACE). Hellermann studied music at the University of Wisconsin (B.S.1962) and composition at Juilliard and Columbia University (M.A.1969). Four Pieces for Guitar was written in 1968.