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VINCENT PERSICHETTI  

(1915 - 1987)

Vincent Persichetti was born to an Italian father and a German mother in Philadelphia in 1915, where he continued to live until his death in 1987. He began to study the piano at the age of five, which gave direction to an insatiable musical interest and a talent that soon proved prodigious. He began to compose almost immediately, and during his adolescence earned money as a church organist. After graduating from Philadelphia’s Combs Conservatory, he went on to complete his doctorate at the Philadelphia Conservatory. In 1947 William Schuman invited him to join the Juilliard faculty, and he taught there for the rest of his life. He became chairman of Juilliard’s composition department in 1963, and in 1970, of the literature and materials department.

Persichetti’s career flourished during a period when American composition was deeply divided among rival stylistic factions, each seeking to invalidate the work of its opponents. In the face of this partisan antagonism, Persichetti advocated, through his lectures and writings, as well as through his music, the notion of a broad working vocabulary, or “common practice”, based on a fluent assimilation of all the materials and techniques which had appeared during the 20th century. His own music exhibits a wide stylistic range, from extreme diatonic simplicity to complex, contrapuntal atonality.

Vincent Persichetti was a prolific composer of some 120 works, including notable pieces for piano and wind band, as well as much music suited for instructional use. A fondness for wind instruments dates back to Persichetti’s early years: his Op 1, composed at the age of fourteen, is a Serenade for Ten Winds. Like Foss, his style was eclectic, but Persichetti did not tend to work within any one style at any given time, his music was always marked by compositional variety.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
AMERICAN SPIRIT (The): Roots and Transformations Naxos 8.505233

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: American Originals Altissimo
75442261732
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.559299
Choral - Secular
AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC - PERSICHETTI, V. / SCHUMAN, W. / BOLCOM, W. / FINE, I. / FOSS, L. (University of Texas Chamber Singers) Naxos
8.559358
Choral - Sacred
AMERICAN WORKS FOR PIANO DUO Cedille
CDR90000-069
Chamber Music
Band Music - WARREN, G.W. / MELILLO, S. / DYKES, J.B. (One Nation Under God, Instrumental Songs of Inspiration from the U.S. Military Bands) Altissimo
75442255752
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Clarinet Ensemble Music - PIAZZOLLA, A. / HARBISON, J. / SCHULLER, G. / PERSICHETTI, V. (Schoen, Ardan, Morales, Paradise) (Clarinet Hive) Naxos
8.572264
Chamber Music
EASTMAN WIND ENSEMBLE: American Concert Band Masterpieces (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81002
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
EBEN / PLOG / HOVHANNES: Music for Trumpet and Organ BIS
BIS-CD-565
Chamber Music
LEES, B.: Passacaglia / PERSICHETTI, V.: Symphony No. 4 / DAUGHERTY, M.: Hell's Angels (American Contrasts) (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3291
Orchestral
MILHAUD: 4 Visages / ENESCU: Concert Piece BIS
BIS-CD-829
Chamber Music
MONUMENTAL WORKS FOR WINDS Naxos
8.570243
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Orchestral Music - IVES, C. / PERSICHETTI, V. / HARRIS, R. / BACON, E. / GOULD, M. / McKAY, G.F. / TUROK, P. (Lincoln Portraits) (Slatkin) Naxos
8.559373-74
Orchestral
PERSICHETTI, V.: Violin and Piano Works - Violin Sonata / Masques / Piano Sonatinas (Borup, H. Conner) Naxos
8.559725
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
PERSICHETTI: Divertimento / Masquerade / Parable IX Naxos
8.570123
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PERSICHETTI: Serenade No. 5, Op. 43 / Symphony No. 5, Op. 61 / Symphony No. 8 First Edition
FECD-0034
Orchestral
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Emblems Altissimo
75442260892
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Originals Altissimo
75442261192
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: Signatures Altissimo
75442260502
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: Fireworks for Band Altissimo
75442270292
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Liberty for All Altissimo
75442270882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Soloists and Chamber Players Altissimo
75442262662
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Music for Chamber Winds Altissimo
75442270452
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Ports of Call Altissimo
75442261072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music




 
 
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