Hugh Aitken


Born: September 7, 1924; New York, NY  
After spending a few years as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps, following his studies in chemistry at New York University, Hugh Aitken returned to his original vocation -- music. His interest in music had been nurtured by his father, a skillful violinist, and his grandmother, a pianist. It was completing his service in World War I that he enrolled as a student at the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Vincent Persichetti, Read more Bernard Wagenaar, and Robert Ward, and received his M.S. in 1950. In 1960, the school hired him as an instructor; in 1970, he was appointed chairman of the William Paterson College's music department, where he became professor in 1973. This composer of dramatic, orchestral, chamber, and vocal works, wrote two operas (Fables [1975] and Felipe [1980]), partitas, quintets, several concertos, serenades, and various other pieces. With firm musical principles rooted in Classical models Aitken used various effects to produce what he considered to be appropriate moods for his works. His Berceuse (For those who sleep before us) for Flute and Orchestra (1992) was recorded by CBC in 1995 and his Partita for Violin was released under the New World label in November of 1987. Read less
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    Aitken: Aspen Concerto, Etc / Schwarz, Oliveira, Goff, Et Al
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugh Aitken
    Performer:  Scott Goff,  Elmar Oliveira
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Aitken: Cantatas 1, 3, 4 & 6, Piano Fantasy
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 774 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugh Aitken
    Performer:  Charles Bressler,  Fortunato Arico,  Ynez Lynch,  Helen Kwalwasser  ... 
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    American Academy Of Arts & Letters Composers Award Recordings
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 595 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dennis Riley,  Hugh Aitken,  David Evan Thomas,  Stanley Wolfe
    Performer:  Barbara Allen,  Maureen Gallagher,  Mindy Kaufman,  Irene Gubrud  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association members,  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Robert Davidovici - Works By Aitken, Copland, Piston, Etc
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80334 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugh Aitken,  Paul Schoenfield,  Aaron Copland,  Gunther Schuller  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Davidovici,  Paul Schoenfield,  Steven De Groote
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