- Gardner Read
His first musical studies were in
pianoand organ, and he also took lessons in counterpointand composition at the School of Music at Northwestern University. In 1932 he was awarded a four-year scholarship to the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Bernard Rogersand Howard Hanson. In the late 1930s he also studied briefly with Ildebrando Pizzetti, Jean Sibeliusand Aaron Copland.
After heading the composition departments of the
St. Louis Institute of Music, the Kansas City Conservatory of Musicand the Cleveland Institute of Music, Read became Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Composition at the School of Music at Boston University. He remained in this post until his retirement in 1978.
His "Symphony No. 1", op. 30 (1937, premiered by
Sir John Barbirolli) won first prize at the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society's American Composers' Contest, while his second symphony (op. 45, 1943) won first prize in the Paderewski Fund Competition. Another first prize came in the 1986 National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Competition, won by his "Nocturnal Visions", op. 145. He wrote one opera, "Villon", in 1967.
For many years, he was the organist and choirmaster of
Church of Our Saviour, Brooklinein the Longwood section of Brookline, Massachusetts. He composed extensively for the Episcopal service.
His book "Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice" is a standard text at most music schools and conservatories in the United States. It is considered by many to be a place of first (and last) authority when trying to determine the proper method of notating musical performance techniques, ideas and gestures.
*Dodd, Mary Ann, and Jayson Rod Engquist (1996). "Gardner Read: A Bio-Bibliography". Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-29384-8.
* [http://home.att.net/~gardnerread/ Gardner Read official site]
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