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ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT

Born in Kansas City in 1894, Bennett was a home-schooled musician who would routinely substitute for whatever instrument might be absent from his bandmaster-father’s rehearsals. Later he studied with Carl Busch, the Danish composer-conductor who founded the Kansas City Symphony. Bennett left for New York in 1916 to further his career; at first a copyist at Schirmer’s, he soon moved to an arranging position at Harms. He married Louise Merrill in 1919, and their daughter Beatrice Jean was born the following year.

Bennett did his first theater orchestrations in 1920 and quickly rose to pre-eminence in his field, sometimes working on more than twenty shows a season. As Broadway’s leading orchestrator, he worked with Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Frederick Loewe and others on more than 300 shows between 1920 and 1975. Unlike most of his commercial-arranger colleagues, however, he never lost sight of his “serious music” aspirations, concerned as much then with conducting or criticism as with composing. With some apprehension, he put his arranging on hold in 1926, departing with his family for study abroad. Excepting a few forays to London or New York to do theater orchestrations (including Kern’s 1927 Show Boat) Bennett spent the late 1920s in Paris and Berlin. He studied with Nadia Boulanger, who praised him as “a true artist,” and assured him that he could maintain his artistic ideals while supporting his family with his commercial work. Recognition for his creativity soon came in the form of an “honorable mention” (for his first symphony) in Musical America magazine’s symphonic composition contest. Between commercial assignments, he completed nearly 200 original works—symphonies, operas, chamber music, choral and vocal music, and more than two dozen pieces for wind band.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMERICAN JOURNEY Naxos
8.559235
Chamber Music
BENNETT, R.: Organ Sonata in G Major / BINGHAM, S.: Baroques / CRANDELL, R.: Carnival (Organo Deco) (Britton) Delos
DE3111
Instrumental
BENNETT, R.R.: Suite of Old American Dances / GERSHWIN, G.: Rhapsody in Blue (American Tapestry) Naxos
8.570968
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BENNETT: Abraham Lincoln / Sights and Sounds Naxos
8.559004
Orchestral
EASTMAN WIND ENSEMBLE: American Concert Band Masterpieces (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81002
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 1 (1946-1956) Naxos Historical
8.112072
Chamber Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Miniatures, Vol. 1 (1944-1946) Naxos Historical
8.111379
Chamber Music
ORIGINAL WORKS FOR CONCERT BAND, Vol. 1 Altissimo
75442259862
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 22 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262892
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SHAW, R. / BENNETT, R.R.: Many Moods of Christmas (United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, Bankhead) Altissimo
75442255572
Choral - Sacred
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Fantasies and Heroes Altissimo
75442260432
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: America! Altissimo
75442255562
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: American Treasures Altissimo
75442270272
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Celebration Altissimo
75442260952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Songs of the Earth Altissimo
75442260012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND AND SINGING SERGEANTS: Make the Season Bright Altissimo
75442260522
Choral - Sacred
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MILITARY AIRLIFT COMMAND BAND: Music of America Altissimo
75442260852
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND: Legacy of Robert Russell Bennett (The) Altissimo
75442271062
Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Role: Lyricist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: America! Altissimo
75442255562
Choral - Secular

Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
100 FAMOUS MARCHES Altissimo
75442201072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 3 Altissimo
75442255382
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Riders for the Flag Altissimo
75442261832
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AIR MOBILITY COMMAND BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Melody Shop (The) Altissimo
75442270212
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BIZET, G.: Carmen Jones (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (1943) / Carmen Jones (1954 Film Soundtrack) (excerpts) Naxos
8.120875
Musicals
GERSHWIN, George: Gershwin and Friends (1927-1951) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120664
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (Original Cast Recordings) (1935-1942) Naxos Historical
8.110219-20
Orchestral
LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES! - Popular Music Selection from Movies Altissimo
75442259872
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Orchestral
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Blessings of Liberty (The) Altissimo
75442255532
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442255882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Liberty for All - An Interactive CD of History and Culture Altissimo
75442255782
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Uncommon Valor Altissimo
75442261022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RODGERS: Oklahoma! (Original Broadway Cast) (1943) Naxos
8.120787
Musicals
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: America! Altissimo
75442255562
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Home of the Brave Altissimo
75442270392
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Ceremonial Music Altissimo
75442270612
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: In Concert Altissimo
75442270432
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND: Legacy of Robert Russell Bennett (The) Altissimo
75442271062
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Ceremonials Altissimo
75442261102
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Remembering the Navy Hour (Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of World War II) Altissimo
75442270192
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Victory at Sea Altissimo
75442255522
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WEILL: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Lady in the Dark - Symphonic Nocturne Naxos
8.557481
Orchestral

Role: Conductor 
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