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DAVID DIAMOND  

(1915 - 2005)

One of the great American composers, David Diamond was born 9 July 1915 in Rochester, New York. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and then went on to the Eastman school, where he studied composition under Bernard Rogers and violin under Effie Knauss. He received a scholarship to attend the New Music School and Dalcroze Institute in 1934, where he studied there until 1936. That same year, he was commissioned to compose music for a ballet, Tom, based on Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Diamond went to Paris to work on the ballet. Although the work was not performed at that time because of financial problems, it finally premièred in 1985 and was received quite warmly.

In 1937, Diamond composed Psalm, an opera, which won the Julliard Publication award that year. The following year, Diamond was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In 1939, Diamond returned to the United States after Germany declared war on France. He went to New York, where he continued composing while he earned his living working in a soda shop at night. His work continued to receive the highest acclaim. In 1947, he composed his String Quartet No 3, which received the New York Music Critics’ Circle Award in 1947. His fourth string quartet was nominated for a GRAMMY® award. Diamonds work has been played on numerous occasions by the New York Philharmonic and conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

In 1986, Diamond received the William Schuman Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1991, he received the Gold Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Edward MacDowell Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement. In 1995, Diamond was honored in a ceremony at the White House, where he was awarded National Medal of Arts.

View by Role: Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMERICAN WORKS FOR PIANO DUO Cedille
CDR90000-069
Chamber Music
BERNSTEIN, L.: Arias and Barcarolles / BARBER, S.: The School for Scandal / DIAMOND, D.: Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.559709
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
CEDILLE ON THE MOVE (Sampler) Cedille
CDR8002
Chamber Music
DIAMOND, D.: Concert Piece / TOURNIER, M.: 2 Preludes romantiques / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Fantaisie in A Major (Sounds of the Seine) (Glorian Duo) Delos
DE3143
Chamber Music
DIAMOND, D.: Music for Romeo and Juliet / PISTON, W.: Sinfonietta / CRESTON, P.: Choreografic Suite (Great American Composers Collection) (Schwarz) Delos
DE3708
Orchestral
DIAMOND: Ahava / Music for Prayer Naxos
8.559412
Orchestral, Vocal
DIAMOND: Chamber Music Cedille
CDR90000-023
Chamber Music
DIAMOND: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4 Naxos
8.559154
Orchestral
DIAMOND: Symphony No. 1 / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Enormous Room Naxos
8.559157
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
DIAMOND: Symphony No. 3 / Psalm / Kaddish Naxos
8.559155
Orchestral
DIAMOND: TOM Suite / Symphony No. 8 / This Sacred Ground Naxos
8.559156
Orchestral
ENGINEER'S CHOICE Delos
DE3506
Orchestral
HORIZONS - A Musical Journey Delos
DE3511
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Rosenberger, Carol - RAVEL, M. / FAURE, G. / BENNETT, R.R. / CHOPIN, F. / RACHMANINOV, S. / GRIFFES, C. (Piano Barcarolles) Delos
DE3172
Instrumental
SCHWARZ, Gerard: Gerard Schwarz Collection (The) (30-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.503294
Orchestral
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND AND SOLDIERS' CHORUS: Legacy of Nadia Boulanger (The) Altissimo
75442261382
Choral - Sacred
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DIAMOND: Ahava / Music for Prayer Naxos
8.559412
Orchestral




 
 
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