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Since its founding in 1977, the American Composers Orchestra has devoted itself exclusively to American orchestral repertoire of the 20th century. Dennis Russell Davies is its principal conductor.
From the description of Programs, 1977-1986. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122533922
From the guide to the Programs, 1977-1986, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)
Francis Burritt Thorne Jr. was born June 23, 1922 in Bay Shore, New York. He attended Yale University studying music with Paul Hidemith. Thorne graduated in 1942. He joined the United States Navy during World War II. After the war he worked in both the banking industry and as a stock broker on Wall Street.
In 1955 Thorne abandoned the banking industry and try his hand again at music. Duke Ellington recommended Thorne to Manhattan’s Hickory House, his first professional job as a jazz pianist. In 1958 Thorne moved his family to Florence, Italy in the hopes of studying composition with Luigi Dallapiccola. Because Dallapiccola had recently returned to the United States, Thorne became a private student of David Diamond for two years.
Thorne combined his passion for the western traditional music with jazz. His first seminal work was the Nocturnes for voice and piano. His first big success as a professional composer was the work Elegy. Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in 1964.
Thorne has produced on average from two to five works a year in variety of genres since the early sixties. To date his twenty-three orchestral works include five symphonies, several works for wind ensemble, four string quartets, a number of works for mixed chamber ensemble, and numerous vocal and choral works, including the opera Mario and the Magician.
Thorne was the founder and administrator of the Thorne Music Fund from 1965-1974. The fund awarded composers three-year fellowships, so that they could concentrate on their music. Thorne has served as the executive director of the Naumburg Foundation and the American Composers Alliance. He has also been the President and co-Founder of the American Composers Orchestra.
In 1985 he received the Commendation of Excellence award from the Broadcast Music, Inc. In 1987 he received the Laurel Leaf Award from the American Composers Alliance. He was elected in 1988 to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Thorne lives with his wife Ann in New York City. The couple has three daughters and four grandsons.
From the guide to the Francis Thorne papers, 1956-2004, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)
|creatorOf||Cage, John. Seventy-four : for orchestra / John Cage.||New York Public Library System, NYPL|
|creatorOf||Thorne, Francis. Francis Thorne papers, 1956-2004.||New York Public Library System, NYPL|
|referencedIn||Fromm Music Foundation scores and recordings, 1943-2011.||Houghton Library|
|referencedIn||Duke Ellington recordings collection||Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library|
|creatorOf||American Composers Orchestra. Programs, 1977-1986.||New York Public Library System, NYPL|
|creatorOf||Programs, 1977-1986||The New York Public Library. Music Division.|
|creatorOf||Cage, John. [Worksheets for Seventy-four] / John Cage.||New York Public Library System, NYPL|
|creatorOf||Francis Thorne papers, 1956-2004||The New York Public Library. Music Division.|
|referencedIn||Jacob Druckman collection of noncommercial sound recordings [sound recording]||The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.|
|associatedWith||American Composers Alliance||corporateBody|
|associatedWith||American Music Collection||corporateBody|
|associatedWith||Davies, Dennis Russell.||person|
|associatedWith||Diamond, David, 1915-2005||person|
|associatedWith||Dodge, Joseph Jeffers||person|
|associatedWith||Druckman, Jacob, 1928-1996||person|
|associatedWith||Fromm Music Foundation||corporateBody|
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