Surinach, Carlos

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Title refers to the Desert Fathers, early Christian monks who were nicknamed "Athletae Dei." Composed 1960. First performance 54th Street Theatre, New York, 27 April 1960, Martha Graham and Company.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Acrobats of God : ballet for chamber orchestra / Carlos Surinach. [1960] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55739155

Composed 1945. First performance Barcelona, Spain, 8 April 1945, Barcelona Municipal Orchestra, Eduardo Toldrá conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Passacaglia symphony for orchestra / Carlos Surinach. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55739206

Spanish-born American composer and conductor.

From the description of Sound recording of an article read by Carlos Surinach, [n.d.] [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861451

From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Dec. 5, 1976 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861166

Composed 1954. First performance Utica, New York, 4 April 1961, Utica Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Fandango for orchestra / Carlos Surinach. [1954] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55739202

Carlos Surinach (1915-1997) was an American composer and conductor of Spanish-Catalan origin. He studied composition at the Barcelona Conservatory (1936-1939), after which he moved to Germany to study composition and conducting in Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Berlin (1940-1942).

In 1942, he returned to Barcelona to become conductor of the Barcelona Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. After a period in France (1947-1950), he moved to the United States in 1951, and became a citizen in 1959. In the 1960s, he emerged as one of the most successful composers of music for dance, collaborating with Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and the Joffrey Ballet, among others. In 1963, the ballet Feast of Ashes, written for the Joffrey company, was performed more than 500 times.

Surinach composed in a variety of other forms, including solo pieces for piano, guitar, and accordion; string quartet; piano quartet; wind symphony; orchestra; and song settings of Spanish poetry. He also composed scores for several CBS television productions, as well as for advertisements.

Source: Antoni Pizà. "Surinach, Carlos." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, accessed June 28, 2013, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/27136.

From the guide to the BMI Surinach collection, 1900s-1996, 1950s-1980s, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Kirkpatrick, Ralph. The Ralph Kirkpatrick papers, 1911-1977 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. Ritmo jondo / Surinach. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. Fandango for orchestra / Carlos Surinach. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Plaut, Frederick, 1907-1985. The Frederick and Rose Plaut papers, 1907-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. The Virgil Thomson papers, 1804-1990 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos,. Interview with Carlos Suriñach. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. Sound recording of an article read by Carlos Surinach, [n.d.] [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Plaut, Frederick, 1907-1985. The Frederick and Rose Plaut papers, 1907-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. Acrobats of God : ballet for chamber orchestra / Carlos Surinach. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Burkat, Leonard, 1919-1992. The Leonard Burkat papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985. [American composers collection]. Northwestern University
creatorOf Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892. Music sources for Kurt Weill's Walt Whitman songs in the collection of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, 1941-[ongoing]. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn The Virgil Thomson Papers, 1804-1990 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958. Ritmo jondo (Deep rhythm) / Choreography: Doris Humphrey, 1953 ; music: Carlos Surinach ; Labanotation: Lucy Venable. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. [Feast of ashes; arr.] / Carlos Surinach. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. The Virgil Thomson papers, 1804-1990 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. Concerto for piano and orchestra / Carlos Surinach. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Burkat, Leonard, 1919-. The Leonard Burkat papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. Melorhythmic dramas : for orchestra / Carlos Surinach. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Dec. 5, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 17, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Surinach, Carlos. Passacaglia symphony for orchestra / Carlos Surinach. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf BMI Surinach collection, 1900s-1996, 1950s-1980s The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn The Leonard Burkat Papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn The Frederick and Rose Plaut Papers, 1907-1986 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Manuscript music compositions, 1880-1985. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Antheil, George, 1900-1959 person
associatedWith Baker, Roger, 1925- person
associatedWith Broadcast Music, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Burkat, Leonard, 1919-1992. person
associatedWith Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Daniel, Oliver, person
associatedWith Frederick and Rose Plaut person
associatedWith Glanville-Hicks, Peggy person
associatedWith Graham, Martha, 1894-1991. person
associatedWith G. Schirmer, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Harkness Ballet Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Harkness Ballet Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958. person
associatedWith Kirkpatrick, Ralph. person
associatedWith Leonard Burkat person
associatedWith Limón, José, 1908-1972. person
associatedWith Martha Graham Dance Company corporateBody
associatedWith Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance corporateBody
associatedWith Matheson, Katy, person
associatedWith Moldenhauer, Hans person
associatedWith Plaut, Frederick, 1907-1985. person
correspondedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 person
associatedWith Taylor, Paul, 1930- person
associatedWith Terekhov, Miguel person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896- person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. person
associatedWith Toumanova, Tamara, 1919-1996 person
associatedWith University of Miami corporateBody
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Chamber orchestra music--Scores and parts
Ballets--Piano scores (4 hands)
20th century music
Fandangos
Ballets--Piano scores
Orchestral music--Scores
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Modern dance
Orchestral music--Scores and parts
Ballet
Ballet--Scores and parts
Piano music (4 hands), Arranged
Symphonies--Scores and parts
Concertos (Piano)--Scores
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Composers
Conductors (Music)
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Birth 1915-03-04

Death 1997-11-12

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