Anthony Newman

Biography

Born: May 12, 1941; Los Angeles, CA  
While Anthony Newman has worn many hats on the musical stage, he is best known as an organist, especially for his interpretations of the works of Bach. In recent years, he has attracted considerable attention as a fortepianist; his 1989 recording of the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto received a Recording of the Year award from Stereo Review. He has concertized widely, often performing his own works, and has recorded for many labels, with about Read more 140 total releases by the end of the twentieth century.

Newman demonstrated remarkable musical talent in his childhood, and as a teen studied piano in Paris with Alfred Cortot and composition with Nadia Boulanger. He also took instruction on organ from Pierre Cochereau. Upon completion of his studies in France he received a Diplôme Supérieur from the École Normale de Musique, which carried special recognition from Cortot. Newman returned to the United States in the late 1950s and enrolled at the Mannes College of Music, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1962.

Up to this point, Newman's musical education had largely been centered upon the keyboard, but in the early 1960s he began to focus more on composition, taking up studies with Leon Kirchner and Luciano Berio at Harvard University. But he also continued his efforts in the keyboard realm, working with pianist Edith Oppens. In 1963 he graduated from Harvard with a master's degree, and shortly afterward enrolled at Boston University for further study. After receiving his doctorate (1966) from that institution, he gave his first major concert when he appeared at Carnegie Hall with a pedal harpsichord recital. Newman joined the faculty at the Juilliard School of Music in New York in 1968. He also turned his attention to conducting, at first serving as an assistant to Noah Greenburg, director of the New York Pro Musica choral ensemble, and then founding his own period-instrument group, the Brandenburg Collegium.

In 1973, Newman left Juilliard and two years later joined the faculty at the State University of New York at Purchase. He taught master classes at the Indiana University School of Music from 1978 to 1981. During these years he remained active as a soloist and conductor -- and as a composer. On October 26, 1979, his Violin Concerto was premiered in Indianapolis. In the 1980s, Newman made numerous appearances on the concert and recital stages and turned out a spate of recordings as his multiplicity of talents won him wide public recognition. Two major compositions appeared toward the latter part of the decade, his 1987 Symphony for Strings and Percussion and his Sinfonia: On Fallen Heroes (1988).

By the 1990s, Newman was easily among the best-known organists in the world, and his efforts on the fortepiano and harpsichord were garnering accolades as well. He appeared as soloist in his Organ Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony in the work's February 1994 premiere. Newman has recorded for numerous record labels over the years, including Sony, Infinity Digital, Albany, Vox, Helicon, and Newport Classic. He has guest conducted many important ensembles, typically showing a preference for the chamber-sized groups such as the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He remains active as a composer in many genres, including vocal, piano, and chamber music. He is currently music director at St. Matthew's Church in Bedford, New York. Newman is also the founder of Hands On Outreach, a White Plains (N.Y.) organization that helps the poor. Read less

Biography

Born: May 12, 1941; Los Angeles, CA  
While Anthony Newman has worn many hats on the musical stage, he is best known as an organist, especially for his interpretations of the works of Bach. In recent years, he has attracted considerable attention as a fortepianist; his 1989 recording of the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto received a Recording of the Year award from Stereo Review. He has concertized widely, often performing his own works, and has recorded for many labels, with about Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
II. Largo
III. Allegro
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
I. Allegro non molto
II. Adagio - Presto
II. Adagio - Presto
III. Presto
III. Presto
I. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
II. Largo
III. Allegro
III. Allegro
I. Presto
II. Largo
III. Presto
I. Adagio
III. Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato
IV. Maestoso
Aria
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3 (Canon at the Unison)
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6 (Canon at the Second)
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9 (Canon at the Third)
Variation 10 (Fughetta)
Variation 11
Variation 12 (Canon at the Fourth)
Variation 13
Variation 14
Variation 15 (Inverted Canon at the Fifth)
Variation 16 (French Overture)
Variation 17
Variation 18 (Canon at the Sixth)
Variation 19
Variation 20
Variation 21 (Canon at the Seventh)
Variation 22
Variation 23
Variation 24 (Canon at the Octave)
Variation 25
Variation 26
Variation 27 (Canon at the Ninth)
Variation 28
Variation 29
Variation 30 (Quodlibet)
Aria da capo
Su le sponde del Tebro - Cantata a voce sola con Violini e Tromba: 1. Sinfonia. Grave (Voice)
2. Recitativo (Voice)
3. Sinfonia - Aria (Voice)
4. Recitativo (Voice)
5. Aria. Largo (Voice)
6. *Aria. (Poco mosso, sempre dolce e leggiero) - Ritornello* (Voice)
7. Recitativo (Voice)
8. Aria - Sinfonia. Grave (da capo) (Voice)
3. Aria: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot
3. Aria: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot


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