Claflin, Avery

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American composer, served on the boards of the Contemporary Music Society and the American Symphony Orchestra.

From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Apr. 10, 1978 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861476

American composer; served on the boards of the Contemporary Music Society and the American Symphony Orchestra.

From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Dec. 17, 1977 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861523

Composed 1936-40. First performance (of 3rd movement only) by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City, Iowa, January 17, 1944, Henri Pensis conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Chapter III : a symphony / Avery Claflin. [1940] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51451682

Avery Claflin (1898-1979) was an American composer who wrote and studied music while pursuing a long career in banking.

Claflin spent thirty-five years working for the New York-based French-American Banking Corporation. He retired from the bank in 1954 after having risen from its ranks to serve as its president. Claflin began music studies at Harvard, but volunteered to serve as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, returning to Harvard after the war to complete his degree in 1921. While in France, he encountered the composers, Georges Auric, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Erik Satie, each of whom would influence Claflin's compositional style. Although Claflin composed many different types of works, he is perhaps best remembered for a madrigal set to the text of the tax code, Lament for April 15 (1955). He also received some attention for his four operas drawn from literary sources, The Fall of Usher (1920-1921), Hester Prynne (1934), La grande Bretèche (1946-1948), and Uncle Tom's Cabin (1964). Only one complete opera, La grande Bretèche, based on a short story by Honoré de Balzac, and excerpts from another opera, Hester Prynne (with a libretto adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, written by Claflin's wife, Dorothea Claflin), were performed during Claflin's lifetime.

From the description of Avery Claflin scores, 1929-1979. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 79413007

Avery Claflin (1898-1979) was an American composer who studied law and business and pursued a career in banking.

He took music courses at Harvand University. He was a business associae of Charles Ives. Claflin found time to be active in various musical organizations and to compose. Many of his works date from after his retirement in 1954.

From the description of Avery Claflin collection of non-commercial recordings [sound recording]. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122431792

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creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Dec. 17, 1977 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Prologue / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Four pieces for orchestra / Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985. [American composers collection]. Northwestern University
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. The fall of Usher : orchestral score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Mary of Nazareth : revision draft / Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Hester Prynne / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Moby Dick suite : orchestral score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Hester Prynne, Act III scene I recitative and aria for soprano / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Moby Dick suite : for piano / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Chapter III / Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Teen scenes : for strings / Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Apr. 10, 1978 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Prue's story : dialogue of Prue and Tom : from Uncle Tom's cabin / words by George R. Mills, after Mrs. Stowe ; [music by] Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Elizabeth Gaskell Norton and Sara Norton papers, 1867-1948 (inclusive), 1880-1946 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Ballet music from Hewlett : orchestral score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Hester Prynne : original score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Seven meditations for Holy Week : for chamber orchestra / by Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Mary of Nazareth : Part I & Interlude / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. [Selections (Sketches) / Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Symphony no. 2 / by Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Four pieces for orchestra : original score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Piano suite from an unfinished ballet / by Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Concert allegro / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Saul of Tarsus : cantata for mixed chorus and organ (SSATTBB) / music by Avery Claflin ; texts selected by Dominic W. Rich. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. The fall of Usher : vocal score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Mary of Nazareth / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Avery Claflin collection of non-commercial recordings [sound recording]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Allegro / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Intérimes / poésie de Max Jacob ; [music par] Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Donovan, Richard, 1891-1970. The Richard Donovan papers, 1913-1971 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995. Sidney Robertson Cowell correspondence, 1936-1973. Library of Congress
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Second symphony : Dirge for 1941 / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. [Selections / Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Lament for April 15 : for mixed chorus SSATB / Avery Claflin ; optional orchestral accompaniment arranged for piano, four hands. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Ballet : complete orchestration / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. He shall be great : anthem for Advent : for seven part mixed chorus and organ / by Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Bretèche / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Uncle Tom's Cabin : score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Hester Prynne : orchestral score / Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Pop concert concerto : for piano & orchestra / Avery Claflin ; reduction for 2 pianos, 6 hands. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Ballet / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Symphony II / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Quartet 4 h / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Oct. 11, 1978 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Quartet, Laudate Dominum / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Finale : for contralto and string quartet : being a setting of the last thirty lines of Alexander Pope's Dunciad / by Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. La grande Brétèche = Bricks and some mortar : orchestral score / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Mary of Nazareth, Part II : old / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Trio / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Chapter III : orchestra / Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. La grande Brétèche : opera in one act / by Avery Claflin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Avery Claflin scores, 1929-1979. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Avery Claflin scores, 1929-1979. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Moby Dick : early orchestration / [Avery Claflin]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Claflin, Avery, 1898-1979. Chapter III : a symphony / Avery Claflin. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Donovan, Richard, 1891-1970. The Richard Donovan papers, 1913-1971 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
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associatedWith American Symphony Orchestra (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Appel, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850. person
associatedWith Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869. person
associatedWith Bogardus, Gerard. person
associatedWith Clafin, Dorothea. person
associatedWith Claflin, Avery, 1898- person
associatedWith Claflin, Dorothea. person
correspondedWith Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995. person
associatedWith Daniel, Oliver, person
associatedWith Donovan, Richard, 1891-1970. person
associatedWith Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. person
associatedWith Jacob, Max, 1876-1944 person
associatedWith Mills, George R. person
correspondedWith Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, 1866- person
associatedWith Pittman, Jean T. person
associatedWith Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. person
associatedWith Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744 person
associatedWith Rich, Dominic W. person
associatedWith Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957. person
correspondedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. person
associatedWith St. Thomas Choral Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. person
associatedWith Walls, Bradley M. person
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United States
Subject
Madrigals, English
Operas--Parts
Ballets--Scores
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 7 parts) with organ
Organ music
Cantatas, sacred (Mixed voices)
Symphonies--Scores
String orchestra music--Scores and parts
Symphonies--Scores and parts
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Ballets--Piano scores (4 hands)
Ballets--Excerpts--Scores
Chamber orchestra music--Scores
Sonatas (Violin)
Opera--Scores
Piano trios--Scores and parts
Choruses, Secular (Women's voices, 3 parts) with pianos (2)--Scores
Suites (Orchestra)--Scores
Vocal music
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 5 parts) with piano, 4 hands
Holy week music
Orchestral music--Scores
Advent music
Suites (Piano)
Ballet
Instrumental music
Operas--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano
Symphonies
Anthems
Songs (Low voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores and parts
Composers--20th century
Piano music
String quartets--Parts
Symphonies (Piano), Arranged
Piano music (4 hands), Arranged
Concertos (Piano)--2-piano scores (6 hands)
Symphonies (Pianos (2)), Arranged
Musical sketches
Cantatas--Sacred--Scores
Operas--Vocal scores with piano
Occupation
Scores
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Birth 1898-01-21

Death 1979-01-09

English,

French

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