Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978

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American musicologist and educator.

From the description of Theodore M. Finney Music Manuscript Collection, ca. 1700-1850. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122530516

This is most likely the copy Finney sent to Volkwein Bros. who published the work in 1946.

From the description of Exultant spirit, ever new / text: Doris Jack ; music: Theodore M. Finney. [1946] (University of Pittsburgh). WorldCat record id: 708216977

Theodore Mitchell Finney, American musicologist and educator, was born in Fayette, Iowa, on March 14, 1902. He studied at the University of Minnesota (B.A. 1924), the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, and the University of Pittsburgh, earning his Master of Letters degree there in 1938. He taught at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, from 1925 to 1932 and was supervisor of music for the public schools in Council Bluffs, Iowa, from 1933 to 1936; during that time he was also a lecturer at the Smith College Summer School. From 1936 to 1968 he was professor and head of the music department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Finney retired in 1968 and became curator of the Warrington Collection of Hymnology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His career encompassed a wide range of musical interests including performance, research, music education, and librarianship. He played violin in the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1923 to 1925, and was also active as a choral conductor, founding the Heinz Chapel Choir at the University of Pittsburgh in 1939. He died in Pittsburgh on May 19, 1978. He was the brother of composer Ross Lee Finney.

Finney's publications include A History of Music (New York, 1935, 1947), Hearing Music (New York, 1941), We Have Made Music (Pittsburgh, 1955), and A Union Catalogue of Music and Books on Music Printed Before 1801 in Pittsburgh Libraries (Pittsburgh, 1959, 1963). He also served as editor for J. Warrington's Short Titles of Books Relating to or Illustrating the History and Practice of Psalmody in the United States, 1620-1820 (Pittsburgh, 1970).

From the guide to the Theodore M. Finney Music Manuscript Collection TXRC98-A25., ca. 1700-1850, (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin)

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creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Vagabond : tone poem for symphony orchestra / Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Song : Cry, laud Pheraian. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Alcestis of Euripides : incidental music / by Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Rage : a song for baritone or alto / by Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Alouette : French Canadian folk song / arr. for Carleton Little Symphony by T.M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695. Aria from Dido & Aeneas / Purcell ; arr. F[inne]y. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Clarke, Jeremiah, 1669?-1707. [Miscellaneous collection of music for harpsichord by Henry Purcell and others] University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Songs with string quartet accompaniment / by Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Wanderer's Nachtlied : song for baritone or contralto and string quartet / [words by] Goethe ; [music] by Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Mellers, Wilfrid, 1914-2008. Ex nihilo : and Lauds : for mixed chorus a capella / Wilfrid Mellers. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Exultant spirit, ever new / text: Doris Jack ; music: Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. But not to me / [words by] Sara Teasdale ; [music by Theodore M. Finney]. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Old ships : song for contralto / by Theodore M. Finney ; [words by] George Elliston. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Rube Robin : song / by Theodore M. Finney ; poem by John Francis Glynn. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Valerius, Adriaan, d. 1625. Prayer of Thanksgiving : for male chorus & orchestra / arr. T.M.F. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Old ships : song for male chorus / Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Corelli, Arcangelo, 1653-1713. Aires for the harpsichord. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Suite for strings / Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Theodore M. Finney Music Manuscript Collection, ca. 1700-1850. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Correspondence with American Musicological Society, 1938-1946. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Praise ye the Lord : Psalm 150 / Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695. [Dances by Henry Purcell and others for harpsichord]. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978,. Quatuor / by Banister. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Theodore M. Finney Music Manuscript Collection TXRC98-A25., ca. 1700-1850 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. The invisible singer : song for baritone or alto / [words by] C.G. Blandon ; [music by] Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Mansell, John. [Lyra viol tablature book] University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Where'er you walk / Haendel ; arr. male chorus by Spross ; orchestral accompaniment by Finney. University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Beissel, Conrad, 1690-1768. Ach Gott! wie mancher bittrer Schmerz ; Bin ich s[c]hon Lebenssatt ; Die Welt ist mir ein bitt'rer Tod / by Johann Conrad Beissel. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main (Oakland)
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. Incidental music to Antigone / by T.M.F [Theodore M. Finney]. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Finney, Theodore M. (Theodore Mitchell), 1902-1978. String quartet / by Theodore M. Finney. University of Pittsburgh
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associatedWith Abel, Karl Friedrich, 1723-1787 person
associatedWith Anfossi, Pasquale, 1727-1797 person
associatedWith Arne, Michael, 1741? -1786 person
associatedWith Arne, Thomas Augustine, 1710-1778 person
associatedWith Arnold, Samuel, 1740-1802 person
associatedWith Bach, Johann Christian, 1735-1782 person
associatedWith Beehoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 person
associatedWith Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. person
associatedWith Beissel, Conrad, 1690-1768. person
associatedWith Blandon, C. G. person
associatedWith Boccherini, Luigi, 1743-1805 person
associatedWith Boyce, William, 1711-1779 person
associatedWith Byrd, William, 1542 or 3-1623 person
associatedWith Carleton Little Symphony. corporateBody
associatedWith Clarke, Jeremiah, 1669? -1707 person
associatedWith Corelli, Arcangelo, 1653-1713 person
associatedWith Corri, Domenico, 1746-1825 person
associatedWith Croft, William, 1678-1727 person
associatedWith Dibdin, Charles, 1745-1814 person
associatedWith East, Michael, ca. 1580-1648. person
associatedWith East, Michael, ca. 1580-ca. 1640 person
associatedWith Eccles, John, ca. 1668-1735 person
associatedWith Elliston, George, 1883-1946. person
associatedWith Euripides. person
associatedWith Galuppi, Baldassare, 1706-1785 person
associatedWith Geminiani, Francesco, ca. 1680-1762 person
associatedWith Gibbons, Orlando, 1583-1625 person
associatedWith Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787 person
associatedWith Glynn, John Francis. person
associatedWith Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832. person
associatedWith Greene, Maurice, 1696-1755 person
associatedWith Grétry, André Ernest Modeste, 1741-1813 person
associatedWith Gyrowetz, Adalbert, 1763-1850 person
associatedWith Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759 person
associatedWith Hasse, Johann Adolf, 1699-1783 person
associatedWith Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809 person
associatedWith Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. person
associatedWith Heinz Memorial Chapel (University of Pittsburgh) corporateBody
associatedWith Hook, Mr. (James), 1746-1827 person
associatedWith Jack, Doris. person
associatedWith Jommelli, Nicolò, 1714-1774 person
associatedWith Kelly, Michael, 1762-1826 person
associatedWith Lawes, William, 1602-1645 person
associatedWith Linley, Thomas, 1756-1778 person
associatedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Mansell, John. person
associatedWith Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739 person
associatedWith Martini, Johann Paul Aegidius, 1741-1816 person
associatedWith Mellers, Wilfrid, 1914-2008. person
associatedWith Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852 person
associatedWith Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 person
associatedWith Pachelbel, Carl Theodor, 1690-1750 person
associatedWith Paisiello, Giovanni, 1740-1816 person
associatedWith Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista, 1710-1736 person
associatedWith Philidor, F. D. (François Danican), 1726-1795 person
associatedWith Pleyel, Ignaz, 1757-1831 person
associatedWith Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695 person
associatedWith Rameau, Jean Philippe, 1683-1764 person
associatedWith Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868 person
associatedWith Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 person
associatedWith Salieri, Antonio, 1750-1825 person
associatedWith Scarlatti, Domenico, 1685-1757 person
associatedWith Shield, William, 1748-1829 person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Sophocles. person
associatedWith Stanley, John, 1712-1786 person
associatedWith Stevenson, John Andrew, 1761-1833 person
associatedWith Storace, Stephen, 1763-1796 person
associatedWith Tallis, Thomas, 1505(ca.)-1585 person
associatedWith Tallis, Thomas, ca. 1505-1585. person
associatedWith Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933. person
associatedWith Valerius, Adriaan, d. 1625. person
associatedWith Webbe, Samuel, 1740-1816 person
associatedWith Weelkes, Thomas, 1575(ca.)-1623 person
associatedWith Wesley, Samuel, 1766-1837 person
associatedWith Wise, Michael, 1646? -1687 person
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String quintets (Violins (2), viola, violoncello, double bass)--Parts
Music--Manuscripts
Orchestral music
Songs with instrumental ensemble--Scores
Incidental music--Parts
Folk songs, French--Instrumental settings
String quartets--Scores
Vocal music
Incidental music--Scores and parts
Alcestis (Greek mythology)--Drama
Instrumental music
Antigone (Greek mythology)--Drama
Psalms (Music)--150th psalm
Songs (medium voice) with piano
Songs (Medium voice) with string quartet
Songs (low voice) with piano
Choruses, Secular (Men's voices), Unaccompanied
Songs with piano
Keyboard instrument music
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied
Symphonic poems--Scores
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Birth 1902

Death 1978

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German,

French,

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