Clifford Taylor

Biography

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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53 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Clifford Taylor ISLANDS -
Clarinet, horn, percussion (2), harp, violin, cello
Clifford Taylor CONCERTO for bass clarinet and orchestra bcl & orch:pic-2-2-ehn-2-2-cbsn, 4-2-2-btbn-0,timp,4perc,hp,str
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Clifford Taylor SOLO LANDSCAPES -
Clarinet (Bb or A)
Clifford Taylor QUINTET NO.3 -
Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, viola
Clifford Taylor BLENDINGS cl,tape
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Clifford Taylor SYMPHONY NO.3 -
Piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (3), bass clarinet, bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (3), tuba, harp, celesta, percussion, strings
Clifford Taylor VOYAGES A DUE -
2 Pianos
Clifford Taylor CONCERTO NO.3 vln,vla soli,str orch
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Clifford Taylor STRING QUARTET NO.2 -
String quartet
Clifford Taylor THIRTY-SIX IDEAS pf
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Clifford Taylor CONCERTO NO.2 vln,vla soli,str orch
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Clifford Taylor SONATA NO.2 pf
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Clifford Taylor MASQUERADE(Songs & Incidental Music) -
Voices and/or piano
Clifford Taylor PROCESSIONAL FOR A WEDDING -
Organ (or piano)
Clifford Taylor SONG FOR NUPTIALS -
Baritone, piano (or organ)
Clifford Taylor FREAK SHOW, THE (THE MAN OF STONE) -
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
Clifford Taylor THIRTY IMPROVISATIONAL SKETCHES -
Piano
Clifford Taylor MUSIC FOR THE COMEDY: DREAM, ASSOCIATIONS & WAKING -
Piano
Clifford Taylor FIVE POEMS -
Oboe, horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone
Clifford Taylor QUATTRO LIRICHE -
Medium voice, alto saxophone, piano
Clifford Taylor ADAGIO & ALLEGRO -
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Clifford Taylor PROCESSIONAL -
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Clifford Taylor SWELL PEOPLE -
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Clifford Taylor BEGGAR -
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Clifford Taylor DUGOUT, THE -
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