Harris, Roy, 1898-1979

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