Clifford Taylor

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Clifford O. Taylor (20 October 1923 Avalon, PA-19 September 1987 Abington, PA) was an American composer and music educator. He studied with Walter Piston and Paul Hindemith and served as chairman of the department of music composition at Temple University for 23 years. Among his compositions are three symphonies, The Freak Show (a 1975 one-act opera), several string quartets and numerous piano sonatas. In December 1971 the Philadelphia Orchestra played the world premiere of his Symphony No. 2. He was married for many years to Louise Kemp, living with her until his death at Abington Memorial Hospital in 1987. They had three sons, Christopher, Andrew and Jonathan Taylor.

His major works seemed to belonged to a school of thought among 20th century American composers, such as Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, that was intent on writing music exhibiting strictly American styles, properties, and innovations.

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3 BLENDINGS (1980)
cl,tape

4 CHACONNE (1958)
orch:3-3-3-3,4-3-3-1,timp,str

5 COLLECTED SONGS (1954)
voice, piano

6 COMMENCEMENT SUITE,Op.20 (1959)
orch:2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1, timp,perc,hp,str & ssa(ttb)-mvt 2only

7 CONCERT DUO (1961)
vln,vcl

8 CONCERTO for bass clarinet and orchestra (1983)
bcl & orch:pic-2-2-ehn-2-2-cbsn, 4-2-2-btbn-0,timp,4perc,hp,str

9 CONCERTO for organ and chamber orchestra (1963)
org& cham orch:fl/pic,ehn,cl(A),1-1(c)- 1(btbn)-1,timp,2perc,str

10 CONCERTO GROSSO,Op.15 (1957)
str orch

11 CONCERTO NO.2 (1977)
vln,vla soli,str orch

12 CONCERTO NO.3 (1978)
vln,vla soli,str orch

14 DUO (1965)
alsax, tbn

15 FANTASIA & FUGUE (1960)
pf

16 FIVE POEMS (1971)
Oboe, horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone

17 FREAK SHOW, THE (THE MAN OF STONE) (1973)
10 singers & piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (2), bass trombone, tuba (1), timpani, percussion (3), strings

18 INTRODUCTION & DANCE FANTASY, Op.12 (1955)
Flute (3), oboe (3), clarinet (3), bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion (2), strings

19 ISLANDS (1985)
Clarinet, horn, percussion (2), harp, violin, cello

20 KALLO FOLK DANCE (1969)
Piano (4-hands)

21 MASQUERADE(Songs & Incidental Music) (1975)
Voices and/or piano

22 MOVEMENT FOR THREE (1968)
Violin, cello, piano

24 NINE STUDY PIECES (1963)
pf

26 PROCESSIONAL FOR A WEDDING (1975)
Organ (or piano)

27 QUATTRO LIRICHE (1970)
Medium voice, alto saxophone, piano

28 QUINTET NO.3 (1981)
Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, viola

29 QUINTET,Op.7 (1958)
Woodwind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn

30 SACRED VERSES (1962)
SATB, flute (2)/piccolo, oboe (2)/english horn, clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (2), tuba (1), timpani, percussion (3), harp, strings (OR organ, OR piano)

31 SERENADE (1967)
7perc+1aux

32 SINFONIA SERIA (1965)
fl, bar(euph)soli; band: pic-3-2-eh-Ebcl-3cl-bcl-2-cbsn-6sax; 4-3-2flgh-3-btbn-bar-tba, timp, perc, cb

33 SOLO LANDSCAPES (1982)
Clarinet (Bb or A)

34 SONATA NO.1,op.10 (1954)
Piano

35 SONATA NO.2 (1976)
pf

36 SONATA,op.11 (1953)
Violin, piano

37 SONG FOR NUPTIALS (1975)
Baritone, piano (or organ)

38 STRING QUARTET NO.1 (1960)
String quartet

39 STRING QUARTET NO.2 (1978)
String quartet

40 STRING QUARTET(1959) (1959)
String quartet

41 SUITE NO.1 (1955)
Piano

43 SYMPHONY for organ, op.6 (1951)
Organ (or piano)

44 SYMPHONY NO.1,op.17 (1958)
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (3), timpani, percussion (2), strings

45 SYMPHONY NO.2 (1965)
Piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), english horn, Eb clarinet, clarinet (2), bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone, tuba (1), timpani, percussion (5), celesta, harp (2), strings

46 SYMPHONY NO.3 (1980)
Piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (3), bass clarinet, bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (3), tuba, harp, celesta, percussion, strings

47 THEME & VARIATIONS,Op.8 (1955)
Piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion (2), piano, strings

49 THIRTY-SIX IDEAS (1977)
pf

50 TRIO (1960)
Clarinet, cello, piano

51 TWO FOLK MADRIGALS,Op.9 (1953)
SATB

52 VOYAGES A DUE (1979)
2 Pianos

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