Avery Claflin

Biography

Avery Claflin (January 21 1898 - January 9 1979) was an American composer, although he studied law and business, later pursuing a career in banking. He served as president for the French American Banking Corp. He took music courses at Harvard University. Among Claflin's teachers was the French composer Erik Satie. Claflin was a business associate of Charles Ives. Although he worked in business, Claflin found time to compose music and be active in various musical organizations. He retired in 1954, and he compose many of his works after this date. Among his works is a madrigal, Lament for April 15, which uses as its text instructions for an Internal Revenue Service tax form. This choral work received its premiere in 1955 at Tanglewood, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Every year on April 15, Karl Haas, musician, conductor, and radio host, played a recording of this composition on his public radio program, Adventures in Good Music.

  • duo or ensemble+ keyboard
  • mixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
  • solo keyboard
  • string quartet (alone or + inst or voc)
  • ACE Publications

    6 title(s)
    Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
    Avery Claflin HESTER PRYNNE: Four Dramatic Episodes sop,ten,bar & orch. pf(reduc)
    Avery Claflin LA GRAND BRETECHE SSTTB soli, male trio, orch: pic-2-1-e.hn-2-2; 4-2-2-0; 3timp, hp, str pf (reduc)
    Avery Claflin LAUDATE DOMINUM string quartet
    Avery Claflin PRELUDE,CHACONNE & FINALE pf
    Avery Claflin SAUL OF TARSUS ssaattbb,org
    Avery Claflin TEEN SCENES FOR STRINGS str:2-1-1-1

    Additional Works