Howard Hanson

Biography

Born: October 28, 1896; Wahoo, NE   Died: February 26, 1981; Rochester, NY  
Howard Hanson was among the first twentieth century American composers to achieve widespread prominence. In contrast to the angular Stravinskian and Americana-influenced sounds that dominated American concert music prior to World War II, Hanson wrote in an unabashedly Romantic idiom influenced by his Nordic roots. Of particular importance to the composer was the music of Sibelius; however, he also acknowledged the influence of composers such as Read more Palestrina and Bach.

After boyhood studies on the piano, Hanson studied music at the Institute of Musical Art in New York City and Northwestern University, where he earned a degree in 1916. In 1921, he became the first American to win the Prix de Rome, which provided him the opportunity to study with Ottorino Respighi, whose colorful orchestral language was clearly an influence on Hanson's own. Upon his return to the United States, Hanson was appointed head of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester at the age of 28. Under the composer's guidance over the course of more than four decades, Eastman became one of the world's preeminent educational institutions. During his tenure there Hanson continued to compose prolifically; he also embarked on a career as a conductor, in which capacity he proved himself one of the great champions of American music. At Eastman, it has been calculated, he presented some 1,500 works by 700 composers. Hanson also commercially recorded a number of modern works in a series for the Mercury label in the 1950s, drawing much attention to otherwise neglected repertoire.

Hanson's most characteristic works are undoubtedly his seven symphonies. The first of these, the "Nordic" Symphony (1922), dates from the composer's studies in Rome. The Second Symphony ("Romantic"), remains Hanson's best-known work, a characteristic realization of the lush, lyric aesthetic with which he is closely associated. Further notable among Hanson's symphonies are the Symphony No. 4 (1943), awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the Symphony No. 7 (1977), one of a series of works inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman. Other important works in Hanson's catalogue include The Lament for Beowulf (1925) for chorus and orchestra; the opera Merry Mount (1933), well received at its premiere and in subsequent productions, but now rarely performed; and a variety of other chamber, vocal, and orchestral works. Read less
Hanson: Symphonies 2 & 4 / Montgomery, Jena Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/08/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 433060   Number of Discs: 1
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    American Album for Flute / Jennifer Stinton
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 153 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Muczynski,  Kent Kennan,  Howard Hanson,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Stinton,  Malcolm Martineau
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    The Malcolm Smith Memorial Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571354 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robin Holloway,  Howard Hanson,  Robert Matthew-Walker,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  John Lill,  Leslie Howard,  Mark Bebbington,  Julian Jacobson
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    American Anthem / Ying Quartet [CD & Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92166 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Howard Hanson,  Randall Thompson
    Performer:  Randall Scarlata,  Adam Neiman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
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    Alla Marcia / Chevallard, United States Air Force Band Of The Golden Gate
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 70262 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson,  John Philip Sousa,  Jean Sibelius,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip C. Chevallard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band Of The Golden Gate
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    Essential American Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27851 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis M. Gottschalk,  Stephen Foster,  Edward MacDowell,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Salli Terri,  Molly Mason,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Neil Richardson,  John McGlinn  ... 
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    Not Sousa Vol 4 / United States Military Bands
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 56042 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Paris Chambers,  Adolphe Sellenick,  Morton Gould,  Howard Hanson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band,  United States Marine Band,  United States Naval Academy Band  ... 
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    Songs Of Democracy / United States Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 60282 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Larry Mactaggart,  Larry Grossman,  Lee Greenwood,  Woody Guthrie  ... 
    Performer:  David Farwig,  Richard Pearson,  Donna Abraira,  David L. Nokes  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell E. Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band,  United States Air Force Singing Sergeants
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    Stravinsky, Hindemith, Hartmann, Hanson, Harris & Hovhaness / Stokowski
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2379 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Howard Hanson,  Roy Harris,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Hanson: Symphonies No  6 & 7 / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559704 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Chorus
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    Hanson: Symphonies 4 & 5, Elegy In Memory Of Serge  / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559703 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Hanson: Symphony No  3, Merry Mount Suite / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Hanson: Symphony No 2, Lux Aeterna, Mosaics / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559701 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Hanson: Symphony No 1, The Lament For Beowulf / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559700 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Debut
    Label: Dreambox Media   Catalog: 5637634580 Release Date: 06/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Reinhold Gliere,  Howard Hanson,  Frank Martin  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Gilmore,  Inna Gilmore
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    Mandorla - Choral Masterworks Of Frank Martin, Edvard Grieg & Howard Hanson
    Label: Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog: 48 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Edvard Grieg,  Howard Hanson
    Performer:  Wayne Schuman,  James Jordan
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
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    Mario Lanza - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 742204 Release Date: 06/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Sigmund Romberg  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
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    Places Of The Spirit-the Holy Land: Music And Images Inspired By Israel
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 610 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Howard Hanson,  Robert Lowry,  John Jacob Niles  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison
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    Label: Da Chiesa   Catalog: 5637212617 Release Date: 12/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Hay Malotte,  William Byrd,  Henry Purcell,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Thoreson,  Charley Snell
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    Great American Composers - Copland, Harris, Hovhaness, Hanson, Diamond, Creston, Piston
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 6012 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Walter Piston,  Paul Creston,  David Diamond  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger,  James Earl Jones
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  New York Chamber Symphony
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    Thomson: The Plow That Broke The Plains; Hanson: Symphony No 2
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06612 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson,  Virgil Thomson
    Performer:  Ann Mason Stockton
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
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    American Tapestry / Corporon, Lone Star Wind Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570968 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  John Philip Sousa,  Robert Russell Bennett,  Steven Bryant  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Shuster
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
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    Hanson: Merry Mount / Schwarz, Flanigan, Macneil, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8669012 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Performer:  Lauren Flanigan,  Richard Zeller,  Charles Austin,  Walter MacNeil
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Chorus,  Northwest Boys' Choir  ... 
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Howard Hanson


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Overture
II. Children's Dance
III. Love Duet
IV. Prelude to Act II and Maypole Dances
I. Andante solenne - Allegro con forza
II. Andante teneramente, con semplicita
III. Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 2 "Romantic": I. Adagio
Symphony No. 2 "Romantic": II. Andante Con Tenerezza
Symphony No. 2 "Romantic": III. Allegro Con Brio
WORKS
1. Lento molto and molto tranquillo
2. Allegro molto ritmico
3. Andante molto espressivo
4. Allegro giocoso
Introduction and Chorale: Maestoso
Variation 1: Poco piu mosso
Variation 2: Allegro
Variation 3: Pesante
Variation 4: Andante calmo, nel modo Gregoriano
Variation 5: Allegro feroce
Variation 6: Larghetto semplice
Variation 7: Allegro tempestuoso
Finale: Poco a poco ritardando al tempo giusto
Bells
Tamara and Peter Bolshoi
The Deserted House
The Eccentric Clock
Deep Forest
Clowns
Dance
Serious Conversation
Kikimora
Mist
Fireworks
Dreams
I. Largo
II. Andante
Act I: Prelude
Act I: Be as a lion, dread Jehovah... From plots of Hell and witcheries (Puritans, Bradford, Bridget, Plentiful, Myles Brodrib, Tewke, Desire)
Act I: Ah - I deny thy Christ (Bradford, Banks, Tewke, Puritans)
Act I: A savoury discourse, good Master Bradford (Bradford, Tewke)
Act I: Last night came One that paced a-down the stairway of the sky (Bradford)
Act I: My son, Thou'rt over-ripe for marriage! (Tewke, Bradford)
Act I: The willow keep to thatch our sleep (Plentiful, Bradford)
Act I: Plentiful Tewke hath catched the preacher! (Love, Bradford, Peregrine Brodrib, Prence, Children)
Act I: Gi' you good night, sir... (Prence, Myles Brodrib, Marigold, Bradford, Tinker, Morton, Puritans, Cavaliers)
Act I: Scratch a Roundhead, find a rebel ... Thrones of Earth be idle things (Prence, Scrooby, Tewke, Bradford, Puritans, Cavaliers)
Act I: Right rev'rend priest, our holy joy ... Respect the Sabbath day (Prence, Scrooby, Tewke, Bradford, Puritans, Cavaliers)
Act I: Marigold! Lady! ... Let us be lions of Jehovah (Bradford, Marigold, Lackland, Myles Brodrib, Tewke, Puritans, Cavaliers)
Act II Scene 3: Rise up, my love my fair one (Bradford, Astoreth)
Act III Scene 1: Prelude
Act III Scene 2: Gird you with Sackcloth (Tewke, Puritans)
Act III Scene 2: Never more shall prayer ravish these lips!... (Bradford, Chorus)
Act III Scene 2: Woe, woe! Lost sheep are we (Puritans, Bradford, Myles Brodrib)
Act III Scene 2: No witch am I; But one that long ago was happy (Marigold)
Act III Scene 2: Ay, even now thy lover frets at Hellgate - Death to the Witch (Bradford, Marigold, Ensemble)
I. Overture
II. Children's Dance
III. Love Duet
IV. Prelude to Act II and Maypole Dances
I. Prelude and Fantasy
II. Scherzo
III. Epilogue
I. Andante solenne - Allegro con forza
II. Andante teneramente, con semplicita
III. Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 2 "Romantic": I. Adagio
Symphony No. 2 "Romantic": II. Andante Con Tenerezza
Symphony No. 2 "Romantic": III. Allegro Con Brio
1. Andante lamentando
2. Andante tranquillo
3. Tempo scherzando
4. Largamente e pesante
I. Kyrie: Andante inquieto
II. Requiescat: Largo
III. Dies irae: Presto
IV. Lux aeterna: Largo pastorale
I. Andante
II. Allegro scherzando
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro assai
V. Adagio
VI. Allegro
I. Lo, the unbounded sea
II. The untold want
III. Joy, shipmate, joy!
Impromptu
March Carillon