Charles Mills

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Charles (Borromeo) Mills (b. Asheville, N. Carolina, Jan. 8, 1914; d NY,  March 7, 1982), was an American composer.  Played in jazz bands from age 17.  In 1933 he went to N.Y. and engaged in serious study of music, first with Max Garfield and then with Copland (1935–37), Sessions (1937–39), and Harris (1939–41). Winner of several prizes including the Guggenheim fellowship in 1952.  He composed chamber and orchestral works including film music and ballets, and vocal music including sacred choral works. He wrote mostly in a severe but eloquent contrapuntal style; in virtually his entire career as a composer, he pursued the ideal of formal cohesion; his style of composition may be described as Baroque a l’americaine. In his later works, Mills gradually adopted serial methods.  His quest for artistic self-discipline led him to the decision to become a Roman Catholic. He was baptized according to the Roman Catholic rite on May 14, 1944. He was commissioned by Mitropoulos to compose work for NYPO, 1951. Principal works include 6 symphonies; piano concerto; flute concerto; Theme and Variations for orchestra; oboe concertino; and many chamber works, some involving jazz ensembles.

Mills began affiliation with American Composers Alliance in 1955, with the signed recommendations of Copland, Cowell, and Carter.

 

 

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2 BERCEUSE FOR VIOLIN & PIANO (1944)
vln,pf

3 THE BRASS PIANO (1964)
3tpt, 3tbn, opt drms

4 BRASS QUINTET (1963)
2tpt,hn, 2tbn

5 BREEZY POINT PIPINGS (1963)
2 recorders (descant and treble)

6 A BUTTERFLY CAUGHT IN THE WIND (1957)
msop, pf

7 CANTICLE OF THE SUN (1943)
high voice,pf

9 CHAMBER CONCERTO FOR TEN INSTRUMENTS (1942)
1-1-1-1, 2hn, str: 2-1-1-0

12 THE CHRIST CHILD (1944)
med voice, pf

13 COCOBOLO CANTICLE (1969)
tenor recorder

14 CONCERTINO FOR OBOE & STRINGS (1957)
ob,str orch

15 CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCH (1947)
pf, orch: 3/pic-2-eh-2-bcl-2-cbsn; 4-3-2-1; timp; str

16 CONCERTO SERENO FOR WOODWIND OCTET (1948)
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bns

17 CONSTANT LOVER, THE (1952)
ttbb

18 CRAZY HORSE SYMPHONY (SYMPH. NO.4) (1957)
orch: 3-2-eh-2-bcl-2-cbsn, 4-4-3-0, timp, str

19 DUO ECLOGUE (1976)
tenor recorder, organ

20 DUO FANTASIE, Op 90 (1953)
vcl,pf

21 EVERLASTING CONTENDERS, THE (1958)
msop,pf

22 EXPIRATION, THE (1954)
med vc, pf

23 FIVE MOONS OF URANUS (1972)
Tenor Recorder, piano

24 FLO (1968)
voice,pf

25 FOLK SONG FROM THE GREEK, Op 72 no 1 (1945)
med voice, pf

26 FOUR SONGS, Op 80 (1950)
voice, pf

27 FOUR STANZAS (1958)
vln

28 FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY, THE (1945)
2vln,pf

29 GREENWICH VILLAGE 1960s - film music by Charles Mills (1960)
recorder, guitar, drums

31 HOW DO I LOVE THEE (1958)
msop, pf

32 I FELL IN LOVE WITH A DRAGON (1968)
voice,pf

33 IMAGINARY ISLANDS (1954)
Contralto, pf

34 IN A MULE DRAWN WAGON (1969)
str orch

35 JOY
sop,pf

36 LARGHETTO AND ALLEGRO (1963)
fl

37 LOVE ME (1968)
vc,pf

38 MAESTOSO FOR ORGAN,Op 88 (1952)
org

39 MIRACLE (1944)
med voice, pf

43 PASTORAL (1953)
med voice, pf

44 PAUL BUNYAN JUMP (1964)
alt sax, tpt, piano, bass, drums

45 PIANO SONATA 1 (1941)
pf

52 PIECE FOR FLUTE, RECORDER AND STRING TRIO (1963)
fl, tenor recorder, vln, vla, vcl

53 PIECE FOR MISS PEGGY LEE (1965)
piano

54 PRELUDE & ALLEGRO (1966)
vln,pf

55 PROLOGUE AND DITHYRAMB (1954)
string orch

56 PSALM 121 (1955)
SATB

59 SONATA DA CHIESA (1972)
ten rec,hpschd

61 SONATA FANTASY (1973)
vln

68 SONG WITHOUT WORDS
contr,pf

69 SRI KRISHNA'S FLUTE (1964)
tenor recorder

71 STRING QUARTET NO.5 (1958)
str qrt

72 SUITE FOR TWO FLUTES (1952)
2 fl

73 SWAMP DANCE, Op 72, No.2 (1946)
med voice, pf

74 SYMPHONIC ODE (1976)
str orch

75 SYMPHONY NO.5 (1980)
str orch

76 THEME AND VARIATIONS Op. 81 (1951)
3333 4330 hp(2), timp, strings

77 THERE IS NOTHING FALSE IN THEE (1950)
med voice, pf

80 TRUE BEAUTY, THE (1950)
5 solo voices

81 TWO POEMS BY MAX MATTHEWS (1946)
voice, piano

82 THE UNRETURNING HOSTS (1958)
voice, piano

83 WAIL FOR OUR DEAD GUITARIST (1958)
med voice, piano

84 WHY SO PALE AND WAN? (1952)
ttbb

85 WINTERSONG (1960)
voice, piano

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