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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Work: Merry Mount Suite

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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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    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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    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: Laude / Boyd, Philharmonia À Vent
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11158 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  John Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia à Vent
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    Hanson: Bold Island Suite, Etc / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80649 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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    Hanson: Symphonies, Piano Concerto, Etc / Hanson
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 4756867 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Performer:  Alfred Mouledous
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  Eastman Philharmonia,  Eastman School of Music Chorus
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4099 Release Date: 01/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson,  Eric Whitacre,  Dan Edward Welcher,  Frank Ticheli
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Community College All-State Symphonic Band
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    American Classics - Hanson: Orchestral Works Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559072 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
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    Howard Hanson - The Composer And His Orchestra
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434370 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Performer:  Alfred Mouledous
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  Eastman Philharmonia
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    Hanson: Symphony No 4, Etc / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3105 Release Date: 12/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson
    Performer:  Randall Ellis,  Susan Jolles,  Judith Mendenhall
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  New York Chamber Symphony,  Seattle Symphony Chorus
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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