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Robert Russell Bennett

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Born: June 15, 1894; Kansas City, MO   Died: August 18, 1981; New York, NY  
Bennett studied with Busch in Kansas City and with Boulanger in Paris. He composed a wide variety of music, including several symphonies and orchestral works, music for chamber groups and wind bands, two operas and a ballet-opera. However, Bennett's recognition stems from his work in orchestration. This career started with a commission in 1919 by the publishers T.B. Harms to orchestrate songs for the theatre. One of his earliest efforts was Cole Read more Porter's =An Old Fashioned Garden= (1919). He went on to become the leading orchestrator for Broadway musicals from the 1920s to the 60s. He scored some 300 productions, including the works of Kern, Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers and Lowe. His efforts established criteria for other orchestrators to follow, and elevated the status of the orchestrator to equal to that of the authors and composers. =Instrumentally Speaking= (Melville, NY, 1975), is the title of his book on orchestration. Read less
American Classics - Bennett: Abraham Lincoln / Moscow So
Release Date: 07/20/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559004   Number of Discs: 1
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    American Treasures / United States Air Force Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 70272 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Nixon,  Ron Nelson,  Frank Ticheli,  Vittorio Giannini  ... 
    Performer:  The United States Air Force Band
    Conductor:  Dennis M. Layendecker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band
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    The Legacy Of Robert Russell Bennett / United States Army Field Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 71062 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Russell Bennett,  Richard Rodgers
    Conductor:  Finley R. Hamilton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band
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  • 3.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 19 - 51 Miniatures 1944-1946
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61750 Release Date: 06/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Alexander Krein  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye,  Bing Crosby
    Conductor:  Salvador Camarata,  Victor Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Gershwin / K. & M. Labeque, Chailly, Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546202 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Ralph Votapek,  Peter Jablonski  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Arthur Fiedler,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Mauceri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Barn Dances / Scott Garrison Duo
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1234 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Libby Larsen,  Jean Cartan,  John Addison,  Dan Edward Welcher  ... 
    Performer:  Shannon Scott,  Leonard Garrison,  Jay Mauchley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Scott Garrison Duo
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  • 6.
    A Cathedral Christmas
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1347 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  David Danner,  Buddy Greene,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Performer:  Lee Gwozdz,  Dee Donasco,  Charles Vasquez,  Dorothy Pena
    Conductor:  Guadalupe Jr. Rivera
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    2010 Kentucky Music Educators Association: All-state Concert Band & All-state Sy
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 8662 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  James Curnow,  Mark Camphouse,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Pratt,  Roby G. George
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kentucky All State Symphonic Band,  Kentucky All State Concert Band
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    Celebration / Lowell Graham, U.S. Air Force Band
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11176 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Creston,  William Schuman,  Gustav Holst,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 35 - Mendelssohn, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61766 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ernst Toch,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Arnold Belnick,  Jascha Heifetz,  Israel Baker,  Joseph Stepansky  ... 
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    Schmidt: Southern California Portrait;  Williams, Etc / Mayse, Riverside City College Wind Ensemble, Et Al
    Label: Sea Breeze   Catalog: 4003 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Kamen,  John T. Williams,  Morten Lauridsen,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Alaric Albiso,  Amy Cisneros
    Conductor:  Kevin Mayse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riverside City College Wind Ensemble
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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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  • 12.
    Heifetz - It Ain't Necessarily So - Legendary Classic And Jazz Studio Takes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000719002 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Hermann Lohr,  Benjamin Godard,  Cecil Burleigh  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Bing Crosby,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Victor Young,  Salvador Camarata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    American Classics - American Journey
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559235 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Dave Grusin,  Lincoln Mayorga,  Victor Steinhardt  ... 
    Performer:  Victor Steinhardt,  Arnold Steinhardt,  Amanda Forsyth,  Dave Grusin  ... 
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  • 14.
    Songs Of The Earth / Grainger, Us Air Force Band
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11159 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Gordon Jacob,  Ottorino Respighi,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The United States Air Force Band
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    Fennell Conducts British & American Band Classics
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 000519002 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Robert Russell Bennett,  Gordon Jacob,  Leroy Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  The London Pops Orchestra,  Eastman-Rochester Pops
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    American Organ Music 1890-1940 / Samuel John Swartz
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 1090 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dudley Buck,  Horace Alden Miller,  Lynnwood Farnam,  Edwin Lemare  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel John Swartz
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    Fantasie Brilliante - A Cornet Retrospective / Gates, Rogers
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2743 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Bach,  Larry Austin,  Marcel Bitsch,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Gates,  Stacy Rogers
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    Gershwin Without Words / Black, Fennell, Williams, Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000215602 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Charles Dutoit,  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Caricatures / Rutgers Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 5556 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Nixon,  Jonathan Newman,  Herbert Owen Reed,  Steven Bryant  ... 
    Conductor:  William Berz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Wind Ensemble
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    Sounds, Shapes, And Symbols / Haithcock, U. Of Michigan
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Russell Bennett,  Vincent Persichetti,  Leslie Bassett  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4345 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Shaffer,  Samuel R. Hazo,  Bill Holcombe,  Alfred Boesendorfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Paula Thornton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchholz High School Wind Symphony
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  • 22.
    Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559107 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Russell Bennett,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Label: Rosewood   Catalog: 5637425811 Release Date: 04/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lennox Berkeley,  Robert Russell Bennett,  Roland Dyens,  Bryan Johanson  ... 
    Performer:  Michael [Classical Guitar] Partington
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    Transatlantic - Ravel: Sonatine; Et Al / Kam, Presland
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 9615 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Victor Steinhardt,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Dave Grusin  ... 
    Performer:  Carole Presland,  Ning Kam
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  • 25.
    America! A Celebration Of Freedom From Our Nation's Finest
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 5556 Release Date: 09/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Henry Baker,  William Steffe,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Singing Sergeants,  United States Air Force Band
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