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.

ACE Publications

28 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Avery Claflin HESTER PRYNNE: Four Dramatic Episodes sop,ten,bar & orch. pf(reduc)
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Avery Claflin LAUDATE DOMINUM string quartet
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Avery Claflin LARGHETTO AND SHUFFLE orch
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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)
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Avery Claflin FISHHOUSE PUNCH, arr. 2 pf
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Avery Claflin MARY OF NAZARETH (Pt3) chor,org
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Avery Claflin MARY OF NAZARETH (Pt4) chor,org
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Avery Claflin MARY OF NAZARETH (PTS1&2) chor,org
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Avery Claflin MARY OF NAZARETH: NARRATIVE & CHORALE ssatb
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Avery Claflin SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO vln,pf
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Avery Claflin TWO MADRIGALS ssatb,a cap
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Avery Claflin FINALE contralto, str qrt
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Avery Claflin PRELUDE,CHACONNE & FINALE pf
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Avery Claflin TEEN SCENES FOR STRINGS str:2-1-1-1
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Avery Claflin FOUR PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA(NO 4) orch:3-2-eh- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,cym,bells,hp,str
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Avery Claflin FOUR PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA orch:3-2-eh- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,cym,bells,hp,st
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Avery Claflin FANTASIA & CHORALE ON THE FABLE OF THE DAWS ON THE DIAL male chorus
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Avery Claflin POP CONCERT CONCERTO solo pf&orch:pic-2-2-eh- 2-bcl-2,4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str
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Avery Claflin SEVEN MEDITATIONS FOR HOLY WEEK cham orch, 2-1-ob/eh-2-bcl-2,2-2-0-0,1-1-1-1
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Avery Claflin RECITATIVO, ARIA AND STRETTA hn,vln,vlc,pf
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Avery Claflin AN AMERICAN LEGEND pf
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Avery Claflin SAUL OF TARSUS ssaattbb,org
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Avery Claflin POP CONCERT CONCERTO(2 PF REDUC) 2pf-six hands
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Avery Claflin UNCLE TOM'S CABIN folk opera,3 acts
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Avery Claflin HE SHALL BE GREAT chor-7pt,org
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