Wigglesworth, Frank, 1918-1996

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Frank Wigglesworth (1918-1996) was an American composer, educator, and champion of new music.

From the description of The Frank Wigglesworth papers, 1895-1996. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122486686

From the guide to the Frank Wigglesworth papers, 1895-1996, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

The Composers' Forum was founded in New York by Ashley Pettis in 1935. Funded by the Federal Music Project (a division of the Works Progress Administration), its goal was to present the work of emerging American composers; in its early years it was also known as the Composers' Forum-Laboratory. The Forum's first concert was held on October 30th, 1935, and by 1940 more than 1600 works had been presented. For much of its history, concerts featured moderated question-and-answer sessions with the composers; the questions taken from the audience.

When the WPA was shut down, the organization moved in 1940 to San Francisco under private patronage. It continued for two seasons before World War II temporarily halted its activities. It was revived in 1947 under the joint sponsorship of the New York Public Library and Columbia University. The chief of the Library's Music Division, Carleton Sprague-Smith, played a large role in the direction of the Forum in those years. From 1951 to 1960 the organization was led by the composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks. The composers Frank Wigglesworth and Jack Beeson oversaw the organization in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Composers' Forum closed its doors around 2003. Today organizations presenting and performing new music exist in various cities around the United States and in other countries (sometimes even using the same name); however the Composers' Forum was among the first of its kind and was for many years one of the only performance outlets available for contemporary composers.

Source: B.C. Vermeersch. "Composers' Forum." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/42750 (accessed February 14, 2012).

From the guide to the Composers' Forum Inc. records, 1935-2002, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

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creatorOf Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965. Christmas tune for Olive / Henry [Cowell]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971. Carl Ruggles Papers, 1894-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Wigglesworth, Frank, 1918-1996. Between the atoms and the stars : a play with music / [text] by David Timmons ; music by Frank Wigglesworth. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971. Carl Ruggles Papers, 1894-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Two inventions for piano / Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Short phantasy : for violin and horn / Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Two bagatelles for piano / Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Trio for flute, soprano and violin / Otto C. Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wigglesworth, Frank, 1918-1996. The Frank Wigglesworth papers, 1895-1996. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965. Christmas tune for Harry / Henry [Cowell]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. I faint, I perish (Shelley) ; A farm picture (Walt Whitman) / music by Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Christ is arisen : for 6 voiced chorus, string quartet & wind instruments & piano or organ ad. lib. / Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Langinger, Herman. Herman Langinger music publishing files, 1889-1972 (bulk 1927-1955). Library of Congress
creatorOf Frank Wigglesworth papers, 1895-1996 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Olivia Mattis Collection, 1988-1990 Archive of Recorded Sound
referencedIn Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966. The Quincy Porter papers, 1897-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965. Wilks jig / Cowell. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wigglesworth, Frank, 1918-1996. The Frank Wigglesworth papers, 1895-1996. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Composers' Forum Inc. records, 1935-2002 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Herman Langinger Music Publishing Files, 1889-1972, (bulk 1927-1955) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Composers' Forum (U.S.). Composers' Forum Inc. Records, 1935-2002. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Otto Luening papers, 1800-1996, 1870-1996 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Eight pieces for piano / Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. Papers, 1927-1978. Indiana University
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Inventions for piano / Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. For like a chariot's wheel / [words] anonymous ; [music] Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. [Robert Browning overture. Drafts] : autograph manuscript, 1911. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966. The Quincy Porter papers, 1897-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. Music for piano : a contrapuntal study / Otto Luening. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Abrams, Muhal Richard, 1930- person
associatedWith American Academy in Rome. corporateBody
associatedWith American Composers Alliance. corporateBody
associatedWith American Music Center (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith American Music Collection corporateBody
associatedWith Antheil, George, 1900-1959 person
associatedWith Arma, Paul, 1905-1987. person
associatedWith Bauer, Marion, 1882-1955 person
associatedWith Beeson, Jack, 1921-2010 person
associatedWith Biscardi, Chester. person
associatedWith Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959 person
associatedWith Bonnemere, Eddie, 1921- person
associatedWith Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 person
associatedWith Brant, Henry, 1913-2008 person
associatedWith Braxton, Anthony person
associatedWith Broadcast Music, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooks, Richard, 1942- person
associatedWith Cage, John person
associatedWith Cage, John. person
associatedWith Century Association (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Chadabe, Joel person
associatedWith Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East. corporateBody
associatedWith Chenoweth, Gerald, 1943- person
associatedWith Composers' Forum (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Composers Recordings, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Cone, Edward T. person
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
associatedWith Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965. person
associatedWith Cowell, Sidney Robertson. person
associatedWith De Kenessey, Stefania Maria, 1956- person
associatedWith Dello Joio, Norman, 1913-2008 person
associatedWith Diamond, David, 1915-2005 person
associatedWith Einbond, Aaron, 1978- person
associatedWith Engel, Lehman, 1910-1982 person
associatedWith Federal Music Project (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Finney, Ross Lee, 1906-1997 person
associatedWith Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009 person
associatedWith Freed, Isadore, 1900-1960 person
associatedWith Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. person
associatedWith Glanville-Hicks, Peggy person
associatedWith Glick, Jacob person
associatedWith Godfrey, Daniel. person
associatedWith Goeb, Roger, 1914-1997 person
associatedWith Greenwich House Music School. corporateBody
associatedWith Hagen, Daron, 1961- person
associatedWith Halac, José. person
associatedWith Halac, José person
associatedWith Hanson, Howard, 1896-1981 person
associatedWith Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003. person
associatedWith Harris, Roy, 1898-1979 person
associatedWith Ito, Reiko person
associatedWith Ito, Reiko. person
associatedWith Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. person
associatedWith Jacobi, Frederick, 1891-1952 person
associatedWith Jenkins, Leroy person
associatedWith Kennan, Kent Wheeler, 1913-2003 person
associatedWith Kolb, Barbara person
associatedWith Kolb, Barbara. person
associatedWith Kronos Quartet corporateBody
correspondedWith Langinger, Herman person
correspondedWith Langinger, Herman. person
associatedWith Lieberson, Goddard, 1911-1977 person
associatedWith Lockwood, Annea, 1939- person
associatedWith Luening, Otto, 1900-1996. person
associatedWith Macdowell Colony, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Maggio, Robert. person
associatedWith Maroney, Denman. person
associatedWith Martin, Henry, 1950- person
associatedWith Mason, Daniel Gregory, 1873-1953 person
associatedWith Mason, Lucas. person
associatedWith Mattis, Olivia person
associatedWith Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 person
associatedWith New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith New York Youth Symphony. corporateBody
associatedWith Owen, Richard, 1922- person
associatedWith Parran, J. D person
associatedWith Pettis, Ashley, 1892- person
associatedWith Phillips, Peter, 1930- person
associatedWith Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966. person
associatedWith Post, David L person
associatedWith Post, David L. person
associatedWith Rakowski, David person
associatedWith Rakowski, David. person
associatedWith Relâche (Musical group) corporateBody
associatedWith Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994. person
associatedWith Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971. person
associatedWith Rush, Loren, 1935- person
associatedWith Salzberg, Marvin, 1931- person
associatedWith Schuman, William, 1910-1992 person
associatedWith Sembret, John person
associatedWith Sembret, John. person
associatedWith Sendak, Maurice person
associatedWith Sendak, Maurice. person
associatedWith Sharp, Elliott person
associatedWith Shepherd, Arthur, 1880-1958 person
associatedWith Smith, Wadada Leo, 1941- person
associatedWith Spoerri, Bruno person
associatedWith Sprague-Smith, Carleton person
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. person
associatedWith Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977 person
associatedWith Temperley, Davy person
associatedWith Temperley, Davy. person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. person
associatedWith Timmons, David. person
associatedWith United States. Works Progress Administration corporateBody
associatedWith Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965. person
associatedWith Virgil Thomson Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Wagenaar, Bernard, 1894-1971 person
associatedWith Wigglesworth, Frank, 1918- person
associatedWith Wilson, Brian person
associatedWith Wilson, Brian. person
associatedWith Ziffrin, Marilyn J., 1926- person
associatedWith Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe, 1939- person
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Incidental music--Piano scores
Occupation
Composers
Musicians
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Birth 1918-03-03

Death 1996-03-19

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Americans

Italian,

French,

English,

Spanish; Castilian,

Latin,

German

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