Lee Hoiby

Composers

Biography

Born: February 17, 1926; Madison, WI  
Lee Hoiby continues the neo-Classical tradition of Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti (under whom he studied) by writing in an almost Romantic style, forging an idiom that is both melodic and accessible. He studied piano under Gunnar Johansson and Egon Petri, originally planning to become a pianist, but Menotti invited him to study composition at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Early on, he recognized Hoiby's potential, manifested by his Read more first opera The Scarf, performed at the opening of the 1957 Spoleto Festival. He followed this in 1959, with Beatrice, writing an oratorio, A Hymn of the Nativity, the next year. His next opera, Natalia Petrovna (revised as A Month in the Country in 1981), commissioned by the New York City Opera, was premiered in 1964. His next opera was Summer and Smoke (1971). In 1974, he wrote another oratorio, Galileo Galilei. In 1982, his children's opera Something New for the Zoo had its world premiere; The Tempest, commissioned by the Des Moines Metro Opera, was performed in 1986. In 1992, he premiered another oratorio, For You O Democracy, to a text by Walt Whitman. He is also a distinguished song composer and arranger folk songs. In 1994, he wrote a song cycle, What Is the Light, on Virginia Woolf texts. His setting of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "Free at Last," as well as five Whitman poems, premiered in 1995. He also continues to compose instrumental works with a particular focus on the piano, including two piano concerti, a sonata for cello and piano, and the ballet suite After Eden. Read less
Hoiby: A Pocket Of Time / Faulkner, Hoiby, Garland
Release Date: 01/27/2009   Label: Naxos  
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  • 1.
    The Sternberg Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Pierian   Catalog: 50 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lee Hoiby,  Vittorio Rieti,  Gian Carlo Menotti
    Performer:  Lee Hoiby
    Conductor:  Jonathan Sternberg
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    Between The Bliss And Me: Songs To Poems Of Emily Dickinson
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559731 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  John Duke,  Arthur Farwell,  Ernst Bacon  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Faulkner,  Martha Fischer,  Lee Hoiby
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    Hoiby: A Pocket Of Time / Faulkner, Hoiby, Garland
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559375 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lee Hoiby
    Performer:  Lee Hoiby,  Julia Faulkner,  Andrew Garland
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    Carolyn Heafner Sings American Songs - Poûhe, Beach, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 854 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Ernst Bacon,  Lee Hoiby,  Hugo Weisgall  ... 
    Performer:  Dixie Ross Neill,  Carolyn Heafner,  Lee Hoiby,  Jay Poûhe
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    Gay American Composers
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 721 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Helps,  Lee Hoiby,  Lou Harrison,  Chester Biscardi  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Helps,  Peter Stewart,  Lee Hoiby,  Hank Dutt  ... 
    Conductor:  Bradley Lubman,  William Hibbard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 6.
    Continual Conversation With A Silent Man - Hoiby / Stewart
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 685 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lee Hoiby
    Performer:  Peter Stewart,  Lee Hoiby
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