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ROY HARRIS  

(1898 - 1979)

Strongly influenced by his native rural Oklahoma, Roy Harris studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger with some independence, returning to America to establish himself as one of the leading composers of his generation. He also held a number of important teaching appointments.

Orchestral and Choral Music

Harris wrote 13 symphonies. He won particular success with his very American single-movement Symphony No. 3 in 1938, a work described by Koussevitsky as the first great symphony by an American composer, drawing on a variety of sources in its five linked sections. His choral Folksong Symphony, written in the following year, uses familiar American folksongs framed by songs from the Civil War. Characteristically his choral works include settings of Walt Whitman, with a number of works based on American folksongs.

Chamber and Instrumental Music

Harris’s chamber music includes a variety of forms, with a smaller number of pieces for piano.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 15: British Enigmas / Program 16: Mysterious Mountain (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
2.110562
Classical Concert
BATTLES IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578293-94
Orchestral
COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid Suite / BERNSTEIN, L.: On the Waterfront / HARRIS, R.: Symphony No. 3 (An American Panorama) (Dallas Symphony, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90170
Orchestral
COPLAND, A.: Fanfare for the Common Man / Lincoln Portrait / Canticle of Freedom / HARRIS, R.: American Creed (Portraits of Freedom) (Schwarz) Delos
DE3140
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
DIAMOND: Ahava / Music for Prayer Naxos
8.559412
Choral - Sacred
HARRIS, R.: Piano Music (Complete) (Burleson) Naxos
8.559664
Instrumental
HARRIS, R.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, "Gettysburg" (Bournemouth Symphony, Alsop) Naxos
8.559609
Orchestral
HARRIS, R.: Symphony No. 3 / HANSON, H.: Symphony No. 4 (Eastman Rochester Symphony, Hanson) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81162
Orchestral
HARRIS, R.: Symphony No. 3 / SCHUMAN, W.: American Festival Overture (American Recording Society Symphony, Hendl) (1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80695
Orchestral
HARRIS: Kentucky Spring / Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 5 First Edition
FECD-0005
Orchestral, Concerto
HARRIS: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 Naxos
8.559227
Orchestral
HARRIS: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 9 Naxos
8.559050
Orchestral
HARRIS: Symphony No. 7 / SCHUMAN, W.: Symphony No. 6 / PISTON: Symphony No. 4 (Ormandy) (1953-1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80239
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - IVES, C. / PERSICHETTI, V. / HARRIS, R. / BACON, E. / GOULD, M. / McKAY, G.F. / TUROK, P. (Lincoln Portraits) (Slatkin) Naxos
8.559373-74
Vocal
PANORAMA OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAL MUSIC (A) (Korn) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80118-19
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Shields, Rogers - MACDOWELL, E. / COWELL, H. / GERSHWIN, G. / JOPLIN, S. / IVES, C. (Piano Music in America, 1900-1945) Vox Box
CD3X-3027
Instrumental
PRIMROSE, William: Recital, Vol. 2 (1939-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111383
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: String of Pearls Altissimo
75442260462
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Whole Nine Yards (The) Altissimo
75442271022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND AND SOLDIERS' CHORUS: Legacy of Nadia Boulanger (The) Altissimo
75442261382
Choral - Secular
WORLD PREMIERE COLLECTION First Edition
FECD-0032
Concerto




 
 
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