Harris, Roy, 1898-1979

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1898-02-12
Death 1979-10-01
US
English

Biographical notes:

Commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation for the Rockefeller FIlm Project. Composed as film score 1940-41. First performance (recording for the film) New York, 21 January 1941, Roy Harris conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of One-tenth of a nation / Roy Harris. [1940?]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 226966329

Composed 1949-51. First performance Wilmington, North Carolina, 21 March 1984.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Violin concerto / Roy Harris. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52199033

American composer.

From the description of Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, 1940. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 63585428

From the description of Letter 1890. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 48996508

First performance 26 January 1934.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. 1 / by Roy Harris. [1934]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 312572448

American composer and music teacher.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1960]-1986. (Ohio State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 20867935

American composer (b. Feb. 12, 1898, in Lincoln County, Oklahoma; d. Oct. 1, 1979, in Santa Monica, Calif.).

From the description of Roy Harris papers, 1893-1998 (bulk 1933-1979). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 692085362

First performance 28 February 1936.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. 2 / Roy Harris. 1935. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 312647095

Commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra. Composed 1949. First performance Louisville, Kentucky, 5 April 1949, Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Kentucky spring / Roy Harris. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52199056

Biographical Note

1898, Feb. 12 Born near Chandler, Okla. to Elmer Harris and Laura Broddle 1921 Studied at University of California, Berkeley 1924 Began studies with Arthur Farwell 1926 Andante for orchestra premiered by Howard Hanson and the Eastman School Orchestra 1926 1929 Studied with Nadia Boulanger 1927 Premiere of Concerto for Piano, Clarinet, and String Quartet in Paris 1929 Completed Symphony--American Portrait 1929 1931 Received Creative Fellowship of the Pasadena Music and Art Association 1932 Joined summer faculty of The Juilliard School of Music 1933 Completed Symphony 1933 (Symphony no.1) 1934 Symphony 1933 premiered by Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Completed Symphony no. 2 1934 1938 Began teaching at Westminster Choir School 1936 October Married Beula (Johana) Duffey 1936 Wrote Quintet for Piano and Strings 1938 Completed Symphony no. 3 1939 Symphony no. 3 premiered by Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony 1939 1940 Completed Folksong Symphony (Symphony no. 4) 1941 1943 Began teaching at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 1941 Taught summer sessions at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo. 1942 Completed Symphony no. 5 Received Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Medal "for eminent services to chamber music" 1943 1948 Began teaching full time at Colorado College 1944 Completed Symphony no. 6 (Gettysburg) Elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters 1948 1949 Taught at University of Utah, Logan 1950 1951 Taught at Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tenn. 1951 1956 Taught at Pennsylvania College for Women 1952 Completed Symphony no. 7 1956 1957 Taught at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 1957 1959 Taught at Indiana University as its distinguished Patten Lecturer 1958 Traveled to U.S.S.R. with a delegation of American composers sponsored by the State Department 1959 Organized the International String Congress, with its first session at Greenleaf Lake, Okla. 1959 1961 Taught at Inter-American University in the newly formed International Institute of Music, San Germán, Puerto Rico 1961 1971 Taught at University of Calif., Los Angeles 1962 Completed Symphony no. 8 (San Francisco Symphony) and Symphony no. 9 1965 Completed Symphony no. 10 (Abraham Lincoln Symphony) 1967 Completed Symphony no. 11 1968 Completed Symphony no. 12 (Pere Marquette Symphony) 1971 1976 Taught at California State University, Los Angeles 1973 Roy Harris Archive founded at California State University 1975 Completed Bicentennial Symphony 1976 (Symphony no. 13) 1976 Composed final work, Rejoice and Sing 1979 Inducted into National Academy of Arts and Letters 1979, Oct. 1 Died, Santa Monica, Calif.

From the guide to the Roy Harris Papers, 1893-1998, (bulk 1933-1979), (Music Division Library of Congress)



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Subjects:

  • Concertos (Piano)--Excerpts--Scores
  • Women pianists
  • Folk songs, English--Instrumental settings
  • Canons, fugues, etc. (String quartet)
  • String quintets (Violins (2), violas (2), violoncello)--Scores
  • Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 8 parts), Unaccompanied--Scores
  • String quintets (Violins (2), violas (2), violoncello)--Parts
  • Sacred songs (High voice) with organ
  • Musical sketches
  • String quintets (Violins (2), violas (2), violoncello)--Excerpts--Scores
  • Music in the theater
  • String quartets--Scores
  • Cowboys--Songs and music
  • Concertos (Violin)--Scores and parts
  • Jazz ensemble with chamber orchestra--Scores
  • Organ music, Arranged
  • Piano with orchestra--Scores
  • National songs--Instrumental settings
  • Concertos (Piano with chamber orchestra)--Scores
  • Orchestral music--Scores
  • Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with organ
  • Symphonies--Scores and parts
  • Hymns, English
  • Synagogue music
  • Orchestral music--Scores and parts
  • Jews--Music
  • Synagogue music--Sabbath services
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Violin and piano music--Parts
  • Piano music, Arranged
  • Piano with orchestra--2-piano scores
  • Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with instrumental ensemble--Scores
  • Variations (Orchestra)--Scores
  • Composers
  • Symphonies (Band)--Scores
  • Sacred songs (Medium voice) with organ
  • Composers--United States.
  • Piano trios--Scores
  • Motion picture music--Scores and parts
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Folk songs, English--Songs and music
  • Symphonies--Scores
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States.
  • Fantasia
  • Women pianists--United States.
  • Music--20th century

Occupations:

  • Composer
  • Collector
  • Composers.

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • West (U.S.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • West (U.S.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)