Barney Childs

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Born in Spokane, Wash. on Feb. 13, 1926, Barney Childs led a colorful life as both a scholar and a composer. Childs attended the University of Nevada where he earned his B.A. As a Rhodes Scholar, Childs went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature at Oxford University. In addition, he earned a Ph.D. in English and music from Stanford University. Childs was largely a self-taught composer. In the 1950's he did, however, have the opportunity to study with Carlos Chavez and Aaron Copland at Tanglewood. He also spent time studying with Elliott Carter in New York. Many of his pieces were performed throughout the United States by the late 1950's.

As a teacher, he began his career in the English Department at the University of Arizona from 1961-65. He later advanced to dean of Deep Springs College from 1965-69. From 1969-71, Childs served as composer-in-residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. The remainder of his career was spent teaching with Johnston College and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands from 1971-93. During his career, Childs was active with a number of publications. He served as poetry editor of "Genesis West" and co-editor of "The New Instrumentation" book series. He was co-founder of Advance Recordings and served as an associate editor for "Perspectives of New Music."

Together with Phillip Rehfeldt (University of Redlands), Childs was a performing participant in the commissioning series "Music for Clarinet and Friend." He also served as co-editor (with Elliott Schwartz) of the book "Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music."  Barney Childs passed away on Jan. 11, 2000, leaving behind some 160 compositions and the poetry text "The Poetry-I Book. A Collection of childs' Manuscripts" is currently held and being processed in a special collection at the University of Redlands.

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1 BARNARD 1 (1968)
cl,pf

2 BARNARD 2 (1968)
ob,bsn

3 BRASS QUINTET 1 (1954) (1954)
horn, tpt 1, tpt 2, ten tbn, tbn2(F-ATTACHMENT)

4 BRASS QUINTET, 2nd (1962)
2 tpt, horn, tbn, tba

5 BRASS QUINTET, 3rd (1965)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba

6 BRASS QUINTET, 4th (1975)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba

7 CHANGES (1959)
3 oboes

8 A CLARINET PIECE (1978)
cl

9 CLAY MUSIC (1980)
4 performers using clay whistles,flutes,etc.

10 CLOSING MUSIC I (1964)
double bass

11 CONCERTO FOR CLARINET & ORCHESTRA (1970)
solo cl (Bb), fl/pic, ob, EH, Heckelphone, Alto Sax, BsCl, Bsn, 4 hn, 3tpt, 2tbn, baritone horn, tuba, timp, perc(5) hp, strings

12 CONCERTO FOR ENGLISH HORN, STRINGS, HARP & PERCUSSION (1955)
Solo EH, harp, strings, percussion(2)

13 THE DAY SEQUENCE: 1 (1969)
vla,pf

14 DIVERTIMENTO (1951)
ob,cl

15 DUO for Flute and Bassoon (1963)
fl,bsn

16 THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (1981)
bscl, org

17 FIVE CONSIDERATIONS (1955)
hn

18 A GLASSE OF TRUTH (1968)
choir, and performer-generated audio

19 HEAL ME, O LORD (1964)
satb, tbn, pf

20 HORN & OBOE MUSIC (1965)
ob, hn

21 INTERBALANCES I (1962)
OB/EHN, BSCL/ALTSX, DOUBLE BASS

22 INTERBALANCES II (1962)
vla, & any other instrument

23 INTERBALANCES III (1962)
cello solo; or with up to 5 other instruments

24 INTERBALANCES VI (1964)
hn, pf, optional performer-generated prerecorded tape

25 J.D. (1969)
pf, 2 audio recordings

26 KEET SEEL (1970)
satb a cap.

27 LYNN VALLEY (1967)
cl,vla,pf,spkr

28 MOSAIC ON A THEME OF BALAKIREV (1979)
(Eb)alto sax

30 MUSIC FOR CELLO (1964)
vcl

32 MUSIC FOR ONE PLAYER (1967)
one player from: mandolin, or fl, vla, vcl, cb, cl, bscl

33 MUSIC FOR TROMBONE & PIANO (1966)
tbn,pf

34 MUSIC FOR WINDS (1963)
13 winds
pic, fl, ob, Ehn, cl, bscl, Tsax, bsn, cbsn, tpt, hn, tbn, tba

35 OCTOBER MUSIC (1965)
2 trumpets

36 QUARTET (1964)
fl,ob,db,perc

37 QUARTET FOR BASSOONS (1958)
4 BSN

38 QUARTET/FANTASY (1978)
4 Tubas

39 A QUESTION OF SUMMER (1976)
Tuba, harp

40 QUINTET FOR HARP & STRINGS (1954)
hp,2-1-1

41 QUODLIBET FOR SINGERS (1967)
multiple voices

42 SINCE THEN (1979)
improvising/speaking pianist

43 SIX EVENTS FOR 58 PLAYERS (1965)
pic, 4fl, 2ob,e.hn, 10cl(Bb); b.cl(Bb); cb.cl(Bb); (Eb);cl, al.cl, 2al sx, ten.sx, bar.sx, b.sx(Bb); 6 corn, 2euph, 3bsn, br 5-2-4-2, timp
for high school band: woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, contrabass

44 SKY VISIT (1980)
vcl

45 SONATA FOR BASS ALONE (1960)
cb

46 SONATA for FLUTE & PIANO (1960)
fl,pf

47 SONATA for Solo Oboe (1958)
ob

48 SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLA (1956)
vla

50 STRING QUARTET, FOURTH (1960)
string quartet

51 STRING QUARTET, SEVENTH (1968)
string quartet

52 STRING QUARTET, SIXTH (1964)
string quartet

53 STRING QUARTET, THIRD (1954)
string quartet

54 SYMPHONY No. 2 (in One Movement) (1956)
fl/pic,fl,ob/e.hn,ob,cl/b.cl,cl,bsn/db.c.bsn, 2tpt,4hn,2tbn,tb,3perc,str

56 THIS IS THE PRAISE OF CREATED THINGS (1965)
choir, oboe

57 THREE PLAYERS 1 (1965)
cl,bsn,hn

58 VARIATIONS (1968)
chor, tape, bells

59 VARIATIONS FOR DAVID RACUSEN (1960)
solo horn

61 WHEN LILACS LAST IN THE DOORYARD BLOOM'D (1971)
Chorus,stb,cl,tpt,bsn,perc.,soli, pic-2-2e.hn-(Eb)cl,3(Bb)cl,al.-2b.cl,2al.-ten-bar.sx, 4-3(1 d/Bb)-3(2 ten,1f-att)-2,bar.hn,+Stage Band: 4tpt,4tbn,timp,str.b,2al.-2ten-bar.sx,b,drums,4perc.

62 WIND QUINTET, FIRST (1962)
fl, cl, ob, bsn, hn

63 WIND QUINTET, FOURTH (1967)
1-1-1-1-hn

64 WIND QUINTET, SECOND (1963)
1-1-1-1-hn

65 WIND QUINTET, THIRD (1964)
1-1-1-1-hn

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