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.

ACA List for Barney Childs

BARNARD 1 (1968)
cl,pf
BARNARD 2 (1968)
ob,bsn
BRASS QUINTET 1 (1954) (1954)
horn, tpt 1, tpt 2, ten tbn, tbn2(F-ATTACHMENT)
BRASS QUINTET, 2nd (1962)
2 tpt, horn, tbn, tba
BRASS QUINTET, 3rd (1965)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba
BRASS QUINTET, 4th (1975)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba
CHANGES (1959)
3 oboes
A CLARINET PIECE (1978)
cl
CLAY MUSIC (1980)
4 performers using clay whistles,flutes,etc.
CLOSING MUSIC I (1964)
double bass
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
CONCERTO FOR ENGLISH HORN, STRINGS, HARP & PERCUSSION (1955)
Solo EH, harp, strings, percussion(2)
THE DAY SEQUENCE: 1 (1969)
vla,pf
DIVERTIMENTO (1951)
ob,cl
DUO,For FL & BSN (1963)
fl,bsn
THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (1981)
bscl, org
A GLASSE OF TRUTH (1968)
choir, and performer-generated audio
HEAL ME, O LORD (1964)
satb, tbn, pf
HORN & OBOE MUSIC (1965)
ob, hn
INTERBALANCES I (1962)
OB/EHN, BSCL/ALTSX, DOUBLE BASS
INTERBALANCES II (1962)
vla, & any other instrument
INTERBALANCES III (1962)
cello solo; or with up to 5 other instruments
INTERBALANCES VI (1964)
hn, pf, optional performer-generated prerecorded tape
J.D. (1969)
pf, 2 audio recordings
KEET SEEL (1970)
satb a cap.
LYNN VALLEY (1967)
cl,vla,pf,spkr
MOSAIC ON A THEME OF BALAKIREV (1979)
(Eb)alto sax
MR T. HIS FANCY (1967)
db

childsmrt.mp3

Burt Turetsky plays Mr T his Fancy by Barney Childs (excerpt)
MUSIC FOR CELLO (1964)
vcl
MUSIC FOR CONTRABASS & FRIEND (1964)
cb, plus other orch instrument

childs-music_for_contrabass_and_friend-excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Music for Contrabass and Friend (Bertram Turetzky, Phillip Rehfeldt)
MUSIC FOR ONE PLAYER (1967)
one player from: mandolin, or fl, vla, vcl, cb, cl, bscl
MUSIC FOR WINDS (1963)
13 winds
pic, fl, ob, Ehn, cl, bscl, Tsax, bsn, cbsn, tpt, hn, tbn, tba
OCTOBER MUSIC (1965)
2 trumpets
QUARTET (1964)
fl,ob,db,perc
QUARTET FOR BASSOONS (1958)
4 BSN
QUARTET/FANTASY (1978)
4 Tubas
A QUESTION OF SUMMER (1976)
Tuba, harp
QUINTET FOR HARP & STRINGS (1954)
hp,2-1-1
QUODLIBET FOR SINGERS (1967)
multiple voices
SINCE THEN (1979)
improvising/speaking pianist
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
SKY VISIT (1980)
vcl
STRING QUARTET, FOURTH (1960)
string quartet
STRING QUARTET, SEVENTH (1968)
string quartet
STRING QUARTET, SIXTH (1964)
string quartet
STRING QUARTET, THIRD (1954)
string quartet
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
THIRTY-SEVEN SONGS (1971)
pf (prepared)

childs_-37_songs_-_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - 37 Songs for solo piano (David Ward-Steinman, piano)
THREE PLAYERS 1 (1965)
cl,bsn,hn
VARIATIONS (1968)
chor, tape, bells
VARIATIONS FOR DAVID RACUSEN (1960)
solo horn
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.
WIND QUINTET, FIRST (1962)
fl, cl, ob, bsn, hn
WIND QUINTET, FOURTH (1967)
1-1-1-1-hn
WIND QUINTET, SECOND (1963)
1-1-1-1-hn
WIND QUINTET, THIRD (1964)
1-1-1-1-hn

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