Shackford, Charles

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Commissioned by Theodore J. Schultz in memory of Isaac Kodis (1894-1974) and Alice E. Kodis (1904-1973).--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Serenade in D on three Jewish melodies : for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, violoncello and harpsichord / Charles Shackford. [1975]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 191853443

Composed in 1976.--Cf Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Concerto for brass and symphonic ensemble / Charles Shackford. c1977. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 191853458

American composer.

From the description of The Charles Shackford papers, 1934-1984 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702191481

From the description of The Charles Shackford papers, 1934-1984 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 122501267

Written for Cantica Hebraica of New York.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Psalm 139 : for baritone, mixed chorus and chamber orchestra / Charles Shackford. c1978. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 191853453

Charles Reeve Shackford was born in New York City on April 18, 1918. After high school in California and New York, he entered Yale College in 1937 and received the B.A. in 1941. In 1942 he was awarded a bachelor of music degree, and in 1944, a master's, both from the Yale School of Music. His teachers at Yale included Paul Hindemith, David Stanley Smith, Frank Bozyan, and Ralph Kirkpatrick. During this time he also attended the Juilliard Summer School, receiving a certificate in music theory in 1940.

From 1944 to 1946 Shackford taught at Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, New York. Then, in the fall of 1946, he entered Harvard Graduate School, where he held fellowships studying composition and teaching counterpoint from 1947 to 1950. In 1949 he began work on his doctoral dissertation, Intonation in Ensemble String Performance . He was awarded the Ph.D. in 1954 and stayed on until 1956 as a research fellow in acoustics. His teachers at Harvard included Walter Piston and Archibald T. Davison. Among the compositions from this time are the String Trio (1947), the Fantasy for Violoncello and Piano (1951), and the Trio for Winds (1952).

From 1952 to 1962 he was active in numerous capacities, working as an organist and choral conductor, directing the choir and lecturing in music history at Wellesley College from 1952 to 1953, holding posts at churches in the Boston area, leading the Belmont Community Chorus (from 1955 to 1959--he was their first director), directing music at the School of Nursing, Newton-Wellesley Hospital (1956-1962), and playing recitals. He was active in scientific endeavors as well, holding a Ford Foundation fellowship researching acoustics and musical perception, and conducting research in meteorology. Some compositions from this period are the Te Deum in C (1956), An Ode to Learning (1959), and psalm settings.

From 1962 to 1965 Shackford was an associate professor of music and chairman of the music department at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. There he conducted the choir, taught, and continued his acoustical research. Only the Nunc Dimittis (1964) is listed as from this time.

In 1964 he was appointed a visiting professor at Connecticut College, and in 1966 he was made a full professor, holding the chairmanship of his department from 1969 to 1972. These years at Connecticut College, from 1965 to his death in 1979, saw his most intense and fruitful work in composition. Much of this was chamber music, including the Quintet in E-flat (1973) and the two string quartets (1977 and 1979). There are also choral works, such as his Psalm 139 for solo baritone, chorus, and orchestra. But, perhaps most importantly, these are the years of his first efforts in large-scale composition, namely, the Fantasy on Vysehrad for two pianos and orchestra (1969), the Overture Concertante for band (1974), and the Concerto for Brass and Symphonic Ensemble (1976). Shackford was under commission to write a work for the Minnesota Orchestra when his life was suddenly cut short in an automobile accident in New London, Connecticut on April 21, 1979.

From the guide to the The Charles Shackford Papers, 1934-1984 (inclusive), (Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University)

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creatorOf Shackford, Charles,. Quintet in E♭ : for clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, and violoncello / Charles Shackford. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Shackford, Charles,. Concerto for brass and symphonic ensemble / Charles Shackford. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. The John Kirkpatrick papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Shackford, Charles,. Eclogue / Charles Shackford. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Shackford, Charles,. Psalm 139 : for baritone, mixed chorus and chamber orchestra / Charles Shackford. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Shackford, Charles. The Charles Shackford papers, 1934-1984 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Shackford, Charles,. Serenade in D on three Jewish melodies : for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, violoncello and harpsichord / Charles Shackford. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Archer, Violet. Choral octavos by Yale alumni, 1897-1972 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Shackford, Charles. The Charles Shackford papers, 1934-1984 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf The Charles Shackford Papers, 1934-1984 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
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associatedWith Anderson, Ruth. person
associatedWith Anderson, Ruth. person
associatedWith Austin, William W. person
associatedWith Austin, William W. person
associatedWith Bach, Johann Sebastian person
associatedWith Bartow, Nevett person
associatedWith Baxter, Lincoln person
associatedWith Bingham, Susan. person
associatedWith Bingham, Susan. person
associatedWith Bingham, Susan. person
associatedWith Boatwright, Howard. person
associatedWith Boyden, David D. (David Dodge), 1910-1986. person
associatedWith Bozyan, H. Frank (Hagop Frank), 1899-1965. person
associatedWith Brahms, Johannes person
associatedWith Brown, Howard Mayer. person
associatedWith Brown, Howard Mayer. person
associatedWith Coffin, William Sloane. person
associatedWith Cohen, Isadore. person
associatedWith Cohn, Arthur, 1910-1998. person
associatedWith Davison, Archibald T. (Archibald Thompson), 1883-1961. person
associatedWith Duckles, Vincent H. (Vincent Harris), 1913-1985. person
associatedWith Dunn, Thomas. person
associatedWith Dunn, Thomas. person
associatedWith Elgar, Edward person
associatedWith Fiedler, Arthur, 1894-1979. person
associatedWith Forte, Allen. person
associatedWith Forte, Allen. person
associatedWith French, Richard F. (Richard Frederic), 1915-2001. person
associatedWith Fuller, Albert. person
associatedWith Fuller, Albert. person
associatedWith Gauntlett, Henry John person
associatedWith Grasso, Ella. person
associatedWith Grout, Donald Jay. person
associatedWith Grout, Donald Jay. person
associatedWith Hancock, Gerre, 1934- person
associatedWith Herrmann, William person
associatedWith Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963. person
associatedWith Husa, Karel, 1921- person
associatedWith Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. person
associatedWith Lurtsema, Robert J. person
associatedWith Marriner, Neville. person
associatedWith McKinley, Carl, 1895-1966. person
associatedWith Milhaud, Darius person
associatedWith Miller, Carl S. person
associatedWith Miller, Carl S. person
associatedWith Newcomb, Anthony, 1943- person
associatedWith Noss, Luther. person
associatedWith Palisca, Claude V. person
associatedWith Palisca, Claude V. person
associatedWith Piston, Walter, 1894-1976. person
associatedWith Sargeant, Winthrop, 1903-1986. person
associatedWith Schwartz, Elliott, 1936- person
associatedWith Self, William, 1921- person
associatedWith Serkin, Rudolf, 1903- person
associatedWith Serkin, Rudolf, 1903-1991. person
associatedWith Simonds, Bruce. person
associatedWith Simonds, Bruce. person
associatedWith Skrowaczewski, Stanislaw, 1923- person
associatedWith Skrowaczewski, Stanisław, 1923- person
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associatedWith Smith, Carleton Sprague, 1905-1994. person
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associatedWith Waite, William G. person
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String quartets--Scores
Septets (Saxophones (2), harp, violoncellos (4))--Scores and parts
Music--United States--20th century
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with chamber orchestra--Scores and parts
Songs
Music--20th century
Psalms (Music)--139th Psalm
Piano music
Instrumental ensembles--Scores and parts
Concertos (Orchestra)--Scores and parts
Quintets (Clarinet, horn, violin, viola, violoncello)--Scores and parts
Composers--Correspondence
Orchestral music--Scores and parts
Sextets (Harpsichord, bassoon, clarinet, flute, violin, violoncello)--Scores and parts
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