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Roger Huntington Sessions (28 December 189616 March 1985) was an American composer, critic and teacher of music. is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...


Born in Brooklyn, New York to a family that could trace its roots back to the American revolution, Sessions studied music at Harvard University from the age of 14. There, he wrote for and subsequently edited the Harvard Musical Review. Graduating at age 18, he went on to study at Yale University under Horatio Parker and Ernest Bloch before teaching at Smith College. His first major compositions were made while travelling Europe in his mid twenties and early thirties with his wife. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... Horatio Parker (September 15, 1863–December 18, 1919) was an American composer and teacher. ... Ernest Bloch with children This article is about the composer. ... Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is the largest womens college in the United States []. Smith admits only female undergraduates, but admits both men and women as graduate students. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ...


Returning to the United States in 1933, he taught first at Princeton University, moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1946 to 1954, and then returned to Princeton until retiring in 1965, although he continued to teach on a part-time basis at the Juilliard School until 1983. His notable students include Milton Babbitt, Larry Thomas Bell, Peter Maxwell Davies, David Del Tredici, John Harbison, Robert Helps, Walter Hekster, Andrew Imbrie, Claire Polin, William Schimmel, George Tsontakis, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, John Veale, and Peter Westergaard. 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... Berkeley Davis Irvine Los Angeles Merced San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz UC Office of the President in Oakland The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... The Juilliard School is one of the worlds premiere performing arts conservatory located in New York City, it is informally identified as simply Juilliard, and trains in the fields of Dance, Drama, and Music. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Milton Byron Babbitt (born May 10, 1916) is an American composer. ... Larry Thomas Bell has been recognized by The Chicago Tribune as a major talent, composer Larry Bell has been awarded the Rome Prize, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and the Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from the American Music Center... Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE (b. ... David Del Tredici, born March 16, 1937 in Cloverdale, California, is a contemporary composer. ... John Harbison John Harris Harbison (born December 20, 1938 in Orange, New Jersey) is a composer, best known for his operas and large choral works. ... Robert Helps (1928-2001) was an American pianist and composer. ... Walter Hekster (born March 29, 1937 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch composer, clarinetist and conductor of classical music, specializing in contemporary classical music. ... Andrew Imbrie (Born April 6, 1921) is an American composer of classical music. ... Claire Polin (1926-1995) was an American composer of contemporary classical music and flutist. ... Dr. William Schimmel is one of the principal architects in the resurgence of the accordion, the revival of the Tango in America and the philsophy of Musical Reality (composition with pre-existing music). ... George Tsontakis (1951-10-24–) is an American composer. ... Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (born April 30, 1939) is an American post-modernist composer. ... John Douglas Louis Veale (1922 - 2006) was an English classical composer. ... Peter Talbot Westergaard (born 1931) is an American composer and music theorist. ...


He died at the age of 88 in Princeton, New Jersey. Nassau Street, Princetons main street. ...


His major works include:

  • Symphony No. 1 (1927)
  • The Black Maskers Orchestral Suite (1928)
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 (1930)
  • Violin Concerto (1935)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (1936)
  • Duo for Violin and Piano (1942)
  • From my Diary (Pages from a Diary) (1940)
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 (1946)
  • Symphony No. 2 (1946)
  • The Trial of Lucullus (1947), A one act opera
  • String Quartet No. 2 (1951)
  • Sonata for Solo Violin (1953)
  • Idyll of Theocritus (1954)
  • Piano Concerto (1956)
  • Symphony No. 3 (1957)
  • Symphony No. 4 (1958)
  • String Quintet (1958)
  • Divertimento for Orchestra (1959)
  • Montezuma (1963), An opera in three acts
  • Symphony No. 5 (1964)
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 (1965)
  • Symphony No. 6 (1966) (given its first complete performance March 4 1977 by the Juilliard Orchestra in New York City [1])
  • Six Pieces for Violoncello (1966)
  • Symphony No. 7 (1967)
  • Symphony No. 8 (1968)
  • Rhapsody for Orchestra (1970)
  • Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, and Orchestra (1971)
  • When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d (1971)
  • Concertino for Chamber Orchestra (1972)
  • Five Pieces for Piano (1975)
  • Symphony No. 9 (October 1978) (commissioned by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Frederik Prausnitz, premiered January 17 1980 by the same orchestra conducted by Christopher Keene) [2]
  • Concerto for Orchestra (1981)
  • Duo for Violin and Violoncello (1981), incomplete

His works from the Solo Violin Sonata of 1953 on are almost all serial. Those up to 1930 or so are more or less neoclassical in sound, while those written between 1930 and 1951 are more or less tonal but harmonically complex. The opening minutes of the Second and Third Symphonies, the one nominally in D minor, the other serial though still somewhat tonal, might be contrasted in this connection, the former chaotic and over the map, the latter birdsong influenced, at peace; not quite the relation between tonal and less tonal/serial music that usually prevails. (Then again, the opening movement of the Fourth Symphony, a Burlesque, quotes the aforementioned passage from the Second, in agitation not least, and matters are put to rights.) Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Serialism is a technique for composing music that uses sets to describe musical elements, and allows the composer manipulations of those sets to create music. ... For the subgenre of darkwave, see Neoclassical (Dark Wave). ... Tonality is a system of writing music according to certain hierarchical pitch relationships around a key center or tonic. ...


Books and articles

  • Cone, Edward, ed. Roger Sessions on Music: Collected Essays. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press. 1979. ISBN 0-691-09126-9 and ISBN 0-691-10074-8.
  • Imbrie, Andrew (1972). "The Symphonies of Roger Sessions". Tempo New Ser. (103): 24-32. Retrieved on 2007-06-27. 
  • Olmstead, Andrea. Conversations with Roger Sessions. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 1987. ISBN 1-55553-010-9.
  • Olmstead, Andrea. The Correspondence of Roger Sessions. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 1992. ISBN 1-55553-122-9.
  • Sessions, Roger. Harmonic Practice. New York: Harcourt, Brace. 1951. LCCN 51008476.
  • Sessions, Roger. Reflections on the Music Life in the United States. New York: Merlin Press. 1956. LCCN 56012976.
  • Sessions, Roger. The Musical Experience of Composer, Performer, Listener. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 1950, republished 1958.
  • Sessions, Roger. Questions About Music. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1970, reprinted New York: Norton, 1971. ISBN 0-674-74350-4.

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External links

  1. ^ (June 1977) "News Section". Tempo New Ser. (121): 49. Retrieved on 2007-06-27. 
  2. ^ Olmstead, Andrea (September 1980). "Roger Sessions's 9th Symphony". Tempo New Ser. (133/134): 79. Retrieved on 2007-06-27. 
  • The Roger Sessions Society
  • Art of the States: Roger Sessions
  • biographer/Andrea Olmstead contains a discography

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Art of the States: Roger Sessions (598 words)
Roger Sessions (1896-1985) was an influential figure in the musical and cultural life of the United States.
Sessions' early works show the influence of Stravinsky and neo-classicism; after his stay in Europe (1925-1933), his music became increasingly chromatic, and by the 1950's he had gradually adopted the 12-tone method.
Sessions lived in Europe from 1925 to 1933; these years had a significant influence on his 'internationalist' attitude towards music and politics, as he observed first-hand the rise of far-reaching political movements.
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