Anthony Iannaccone


Born: October 14, 1943; Brooklyn, NY  
Anthony Iannaccone is an important American composer whose expressive manner has moved from the twelve-tone style of his early music to the more accessible character of most of his works after 1975. His music, always structurally sound, can often be intense or mysterious or exude both qualities, and though it can divulge diverse influences -- Stravinsky, Copland, and Diamond, for example -- it is quite individual, yielding both intellect and Read more passion.

Anthony Iannaccone was born in Brooklyn on October 14, 1943. He exhibited musical talent early on and began study on the violin and piano. His list of composition teachers is impressive: from 1959 to 1964 he studied with Aaron Copland; at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a Master's degree during the period 1961-1968, he studied with David Diamond, Vittorio Giannini, and Ludmila Ulehla; and at the Eastman School of Music, he studied with Samuel Adler, earning his PhD (1968-1971).

Iannaccone's earliest works date to the late '50s and include his Parodies for woodwind quintet (1958) and Piano Trio (1959). His first two symphonies came in 1965 and 1966, respectively, and other large works soon followed, mostly, however, in his less popular serial style. In 1971 Iannaccone began teaching composition at Eastern Michigan University, where he would soon found an electronic music studio. In 1973 he took over directorship of the early music ensemble Collegium Musicum.

By the early '80s, Iannaccone was producing some of his finest and most acclaimed compositions. His Divertimento for orchestra (1983) has been hailed for its melodic freshness and structural brilliance, while the Walt Whitman-inspired works -- Walt Whitman Song (1980) and A Whitman Madrigal (1984) -- divulge his deft hand in the vocal/choral genre.

In 1988 Iannaccone earned the National Band Association's first prize for his wind work, Apparitions, and two years later he won the SAT/C.F. Peters Competition for his Two-Piano Inventions (1990). Among his more important works from the 1990s are the highly and justly praised Night Rivers, Symphony No. 3 (1990-1992), and Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound, for orchestra (1998).

Iannaccone has remained active in the new century as a conductor and professor of composition at Eastern Michigan. However, his output, not large to begin with, has grown only scantily with the orchestral work From Time to Time (2000) and the Clarinet Quintet (2002), written on a commission for clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Read less
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  • 1.
    Apparitions / Richardson, University Of Western Ontario Wind Ensemble
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1336 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jim Territo,  Jason Noble,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Yo Goto  ... 
    Performer:  Shawn Spicer
    Conductor:  Colleen Richardson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University Of Western Ontario Wind Ensemble
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  • 2.
    Dances of Eternity - Works for Orchestra by Bakker, Iannaccone, Fairlie-Kennedy, Porto
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 5907 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Bakker,  Anthony Iannaccone,  Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy,  Mark Dal Porto
    Conductor:  Jan Kucera,  Petr Vronsky,  Vladimir Lande
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players
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    Hétu, Iannaccone, Steinmetz / Camerata Woowind Quintet
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 756 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Hétu,  Anthony Iannaccone,  John Steinmetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Woodwind Quintet
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    Iannaccone: Music For Winds / Eastern Winds, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 714 Release Date: 12/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Iannaccone
    Performer:  Max Plank,  Rodney Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stone-Luevano-Pedersen Trio,  Eastern Winds,  Hill-Plank Duo
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    Label: Warner Brothers   Catalog: 001 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Verne Reynolds,  Anthony Iannaccone,  Kent Kennan,  Bernard Rands  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Kurau,  James Thompson,  Daniel Spiotta,  Nicole Cabell  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
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    Iannaccone: Clarinet Quintet, Two-piano Inventions, Etc
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 640 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Iannaccone
    Performer:  Michael Gurt,  Joseph Gurt,  Kimberly Cole Luevano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Horowitz-Gurt Duo,  Arianna String Quartet
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    Fanfare For Rutgers / Rutgers Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4186 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Thompson,  Herbert Owen Reed,  Steven Bryant,  Eric Whitacre  ... 
    Conductor:  William Berz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Wind Ensemble
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    Iannaccone: Orchestral Works / Iannaccone, Janacek Po, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 486 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Iannaccone
    Conductor:  Anthony Iannaccone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Iannaccone: Chamber Music / Arianna String Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 414 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Iannaccone
    Performer:  Dady Mehta,  Alfio Pignotti,  Joseph Gurt,  Jerome Jelinek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pignotti-Mehta Duo,  Jelinek-Gurt Duo,  Arianna String Quartet
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    Iannaccone: Night Rivers;  Myers, Redmann / Florencio
    Label: Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog: 3019 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Iannaccone,  Theldon Myers,  Bernd Redmann
    Conductor:  José M. Florèncio Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cracow Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Sea Drift - Iannaccone / Max Plank, Clarion Wind Symphony
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 280 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Iannaccone
    Performer:  Woodrow English,  Carter Eggers,  Michael Hall,  Greg Lanzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Plank
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clarion Wind Symphony
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    Midwest Composers - Music For Winds - Hayden, Karlins, Et Al
    Label: Opus One   Catalog: 154 Release Date: 12/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Jay Miller,  M. William Karlins,  Anthony Iannaccone,  Paul Hayden
    Performer:  Howie Smith,  Neal Creque,  Armand Abramson,  Elaine Jacobson  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Ponte
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Wind Ensemble,  Camerata Woodwind Quintet
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