Thomas Canning

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Thomas Canning was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania in 1911. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College in 1936 and the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music of University of Rochester in 1940. At Oberlin he studied composition with Normand Lockwood and at Eastman with Howard Hanson and Bernard Rogers. From 1936 to 1941 he taught at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and in 1945 and 1946 he taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was on the music faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto during the 1946-1947 academic season and from there went to Eastman School of Music where he taught until 1963. Canning taught at West Virginia University from 1963 until his retirement in 1977 at which time he was named Professor Emeritus. He was a Fulbright Scholar in England in 1961-1962.

Canning was a member of the American Composers Alliance, The Hymn Society of America, Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honorary Society), and in 1966 was named a National Honorary Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Most of his compositions were written for specific occasions or organizations. Canning died in 1989.

ACA List for Thomas Canning

ALL ABOARD FOR ARARAT(CHILDREN'S OPERA IN 1 ACT) (1957)
Children's voices, flute, recorder (3, SAT), contrabass, percussion, trumpet, piano OR voices, trumpet, snare, piano
AN OFFERING OF CAROLS & ROUNDS (1958)
SATB, brass, percussion
ANTHEM (On the Tune 'Hyfrydol')
SATB, soprano descant, trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone, strings
ANTHEM:ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING (1967)
SATB, organ, trumpet descant
ANTIPHON AND PSALM (1965)
SATB, trumpet (3), horn (4), trombone (3), tuba, percussion
AURELIA:PROCESSIONAL (1960)
SATB,3 tpt,org
BACCALAURATE PROCESSIONAL (1958)
tpt,tbn,org
BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD (1967)
chil voices, org, glock(opt)
BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL (1972)
satb, cel & org
BUILDERS, THE (1960)
satb, brass qnt
A CAROL OF PRAISE (1964)
mez sop,brass qrt,org
A CHILD THIS DAY IS BORN (1962)
Children's Choir, piano
A CHRISTMAS GREETING (1954)
Women's voices
COVENANT HYMN (1961)
satb
FOUR CHRISTMAS PIECES (1957)
Brass quintet
GOD IS MY STRONG SALVATION (1964)
SATB, harp
GOOD KYTT HATH LOST HER KEY (1959)
SSA, horn, snare drum, keys on a large ring
HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAINS (1956)
Soprano (2), string quartet, organ
A HYMN FOR OUR NATION (1969)
SATB, brass, percussion
INAGURAL FANFARE (1968)
Trumpet (3), trombone (3)
A LITTLE CHILD THERE IS BORN (1958)
Soprano, piano
MEDITATION ON THE TUNE 'HYFRYDOL' (1960)
Oboe, string quartet
MUDRAS (1955)
Flute, harp, percussion, spoken prologue
NATURE'S PLAYMATES (1960)
Medium voice, piano
O GOD, OUR LORD, THY HOLY WORD (1959)
SATB, trumpet (2), horn (2), trombone (2), strings
PERPETUAL MOTION (1972)
Trumpet (2), percussion
PRAISE (1965)
Tenor, percussion (11)
PRAISE'O ABRAHAM
SATB with descant, trumpet (2), organ
PRELUDE & CHORALE (1975)
Trombone (4), percussion
PSALM 1 (1961)
SATB, oboe
ROGATION HYMN (1950)
SATB, trumpet (2), trombone (2)
RONDO FOR PERCUSSION AND BRASS (1953)
Horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (3), tuba, percussion
SHEPHERDS CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE (1950)
SSAA or SSATB
SONATA FOR ORGAN (1960)
Organ
SPIRIT OF GOD (1960)
SATB, violin (4), viola (2), cello (2)
SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS, THE (1972)
SATB, trumpet (2), trombone (3), percussion, organ
SPRING (1957)
SSA
SYMPHONY NO 1 'CLASSICAL'
Percussion ensemble
TEMPTATION OF JESUS, THE (1950)
Narrator, TTBB, horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (3), tuba, percussion
THREE PIECES FOR CLARINET & PIANO (1942)
Clarinet, piano
THREE SONGS (1964)
Soprano, piano
TRUMPETS ON THE TOWER(An Easter Reveille) (1964)
2 SATB choirs, trumpet (2), trombone (2)
TWO SONGS (1966)
Soprano, cello, piano
VARIATIONS FOR PIANO AND PERCUSSION (1970)
Piano, percussion (6)

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