Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985

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Birth 1896-12-28
Death 1985-03-16

Biographical notes:

Composer and educator Sessions graduated from Harvard and studied under Horatio Parker at Yale. In 1926 he won a Guggenheim Professorship and worked at composition in Europe until 1933 as a winner of the American Rome Prize. He held posts at Princeton (1935), Berkeley, CA (1945), Princeton again (1953), and the Julliard School (1965). Among his compositions are four symphonies, several operas, a notable violin concerto (1935), and chamber music. His best known work remains his early BLACK MASKERS (1923).

From the description of Roger Sessions scores, 1909-2001 (bulk 1909-1985). (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 176003097

Composer; interviewee d.1985.

From the description of Reminiscences of Roger Huntington Sessions : oral history, 1962. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309725310

Commissioned by the Portland Symphony Orchestra in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the State of Oregon. Composed 1959. First performance Honolulu, 9 January 1965. Dedicated to Carl Haverlin.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Divertimento for orchestra / Roger Sessions. 1959, [1960]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54409392

American composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Princeton, N. J., 8 Aug. 1942, to Mr. [Thomas B.] Brumbaugh, 1942 Aug. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270669764

From the description of Music for the Black Maskers / (Leonid Andreyev) / Full score / Roger H. Sessions. [1928?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270569523

From the description of "From preliminary / Sketches for / 'Duo' for Violin & Piano / (1942) / Roger Sessions / Princeton / N.J. / Aug. 8 '42" : autograph manuscript, 1942 Aug. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270569527


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