Horatio Parker, 1863-1919: His Life, Music, and Ideas

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Scarecrow Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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During the early 1900s, Horatio Parker was one of the best-known composers in the United States. He received numerous commissions and was a patriarchal figure among America's Protestant church musicians and choral societies; his symphonic works were performed by the leading orchestras of the day; and he headed the Yale School of Music for twenty-five years. Kearns's study is a thorough analysis of the circumstances leading to Parker's popularity in pre- World War I America and his neglect thereafter. The book includes a detailed narration of the composer's life and an extensive description of his major works. Over fifty examples of his music are included, as well as a comprehensive listing of works and writings.
 

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Contents

THE FORMATIVE YEARS
3
Early Training in Boston
5
European Study
6
THE EARLY PROFESSIONAL YEARS
11
18931894
20
THE EDUCATOR
24
Parkers General Concepts of Music Education
30
The Administrator
34
A Wanderers Psalm
128
A Star Song
131
Morven and the Grail
134
The Dream of Mary
140
MUSIC FOR THE STAGE
143
Mona
145
Fairyland
162
Cupid and Psyche
175

The Conductor
35
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
39
18991902
41
The Composer and His Society
47
19021914
51
THE FINAL YEARS
60
19121916
64
The Place of Music in Society
69
19171919
72
THE MUSIC OF HORATIO PARKER
77
SECULAR CHORAL MUSIC
79
The Part Songs
81
Nineteenth Century
83
Twentieth Century
88
THE CEREMONIAL MUSIC
94
Musical Features
96
THE LARGE SACRED CHORAL WORKS
103
The Lord Is My Shepherd
104
Hora Novissima
105
The Legend of Saint Christopher
118
Adstant Angelorum Chori
125
SECULAR MUSIC FOR SOLO VOICE
177
Music for Solo Voice and Orchestra
186
THE CHURCH MUSIC
192
The Anthems
196
The Cantatas
200
Service Music
201
Hymns
202
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
207
Student Orchestral Compositions
208
The Chamber Music
209
The Piano Music
212
The Organ Music
213
Compositions for Orchestra
219
Concerto for Organ and Orchestra
225
AN EVALUATION
232
CHAPTER NOTES
247
CHAPTER NOTES
249
APPENDICES
287
LIST OF WORKS
289
DISCOGRAPHY
319
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William Kearns (Ph.D., musicology, University of Illinois) is Professor of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has taught classes in the history of American music for 25 years. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Sonneck Society of American music specialists and the editor of its Newsletter and has written numerous articles and reviews on American music.

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