Read, Gardner, 1913-2005

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1913-01-02
Death 2005-11-10
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Originally composed for French horn and piano, 1934, as op. 31. Transcribed for viola and piano, 1940, as op. 31a. This transcription 1946.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Poem : for horn in F, or viola, with string orchestra accompaniment, op. 31b / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334385

Composed 1940-42. Awarded first prize in the Paderewski Fund Prize Competition, 1943. First performance Boston, 26 November 1943, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the composer conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. II, op. 45 / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334421

Originally composed for organ, 1935-36. Transcribed 1938, upon commission by the Ravinia Festival Association. First performance Ravinia Park, Ill., 30 June 1938, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Artur Rodzinski conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Passacaglia and fugue in D minor (for organ) / Gardner Read, op. 34a. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334368

Originally composed for women's chorus and wind orchestra, 1949, as part of the composer's cantata "In grato jubilo." Text by David McCord. This transcription 1953. First performance Cincinnati, 1 December 1954, Cincinnati Conservatory Brass Choir, Ernest Glover conductor. Dedicated to Serge Koussevitzky--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Chorale and fughetta : for brass choir / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334324

Commissioned by Fabien Sevitzky and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Composed 1943. First performance Indianapolis, 6 November 1943, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fabien Sevitzy conductor. Quotations: De Glendy Burk, by Stephen Foster; Don't Be Weary Traveler. Dedicated to Fabien Sevitzky and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Winner of the Composers Press Publication Award.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of First overture, opus 58 / Gardner Read. [1943] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334341

Commissioned by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Composed 1946. First performance Cleveland, Ohio, 22 December 1946, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Rudolph Ringwall conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of A bell overture, op. 72 / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334316

Based on 3 melodies of western Pennsylvania. The composer believes that Dunlap's Creek, a variant of an old hymn melody, is named for Dunlap's Creek Presbyterian Church, founded near Pittsburgh in 1787. This variant was first published in 1813 and has been ascribed to Freeman Lewis (1780-1859). I'm a beggar probably originated as a Negro spiritual. John Riley is the British ballad. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Composed 1946-47. First performance Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, 21 November 1947, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner conductor. Dedicated to Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. First movement later transcribed for band as op. 67, no. 1a.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Pennsyvaniana [sic] / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334371

Composed 1940.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Pan e Dafni, op. 53 / Gardner Read. [1940] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334355

Originally composed for solo piano, 1936, as op. 40. This transcription 1940. First performance Interlochen, Michigan, 1 August 1940, Faculty Little Symphony of National Music Camp, Guy Fraser Hamilton conductor. Also transcribed for high school orchestra, 1941, as op. 40b, and for organ, 1956, as Little Pastorale, op. 40c.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Petite pastorale, op. 40a / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334381

Originally composed for piano, 1934-35; transcribed 1941. First performed Rochester, 27 October 1942, Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Howard Hanson conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Three satirical sarcasms, op. 29a / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334445

Composed 1934-36. Awarded first prize in the American Composers' Contest sponsored by the New York Philharmonic, 1937. First performance New York Philharmonic, New York, 4 November 1937, John Barbirolli conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. 1, op. 30 / Gardner Read. [1936] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334415

Composed 1933. First performance Rochester, N.Y., 18 April 1934, Rochester Civic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Sketches of the city : symphonic suite for large orchestra after poems of Carl Sandburg, op. 26 / Gardner Read. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334402

Composed 1939-45. First performance New Haven, Connecticut, 14 October 1975, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Erich Kunzel conductor, Barry Sills soloist. Dedicated to Gregor Piatigorsky.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Concerto for violoncello and orchestra, op. 55 / Gardner Read. [1945?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53334331

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Subjects:

  • Horn with string orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Hymns, English--Instrumental settings
  • Piano music
  • Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied
  • Suites (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe, trumpet)--Scores
  • Suites (Band), Arranged--Excerpts--Scores
  • Vocal trios with piano
  • Sonatas (Violin and piano)--Scores and parts
  • Songs (medium voice) with piano
  • Suites (Orchestra)--Scores and parts
  • Viola with string orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Opera--Scores
  • Songs (Medium voice) with orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Canons, fugues, etc. (Brass ensemble)--Scores and parts
  • Concertos (Violoncello)--Scores and parts
  • Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra--Scores and parts
  • Wind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe)--Scores
  • Orchestral music--Scores and parts
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with piano
  • Operas--Vocal scores with piano
  • English horn and organ music
  • Songs (Medium voice) with orchestra--Scores
  • Canons, fugue, etc. (Orchestra), Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra--Scores
  • Symphonies--Scores and parts
  • Songs (Medium voice) with orchestra--Vocal scores with piano
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Violin and piano music--Scores
  • Brass ensembles--Scores and parts
  • Suites (Piano)
  • Overtures--Scores and parts
  • Songs (High voice) with piano

Occupations:

  • Collector

Places:

  • Pennsylvania (as recorded)