Frank Wigglesworth

Biography

Frank Wigglesworth (1918-1996) was a composer, conductor, performer and teacher
who was a resident of New York's Greenwich Village for more than 40 years. Born
in Boston in 1918, Wigglesworth had an interest in music from an early age,
playing both the violin and viola and began composing at the age of eleven. He
went on to study composition with Otto Luening, Henry Cowell and Ernest White
at Columbia University and Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C..

In 1946, he
joined the faculty of the Greenwich House Music School, where he was associated
with (and later studied with) the avant-garde composer Edgard Varese. In 1947
he joined the faculty of Columbia University, and in 1954, after spending four
years in Europe as a recipient of the Prix de Rome, he began teaching at Queens
College and the New School for Social Research.

Wigglesworth was a Composer in Residence at the American Academy of Rome from
1969-1970 and at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in 1975 and 1985. He
served on many boards, including The MacDowell Colony from 1985-1988 and the
Youth Orchestra of New York. He was also the founder of the Thursday Evening
Concerts at the Greenwich House Music School, organized in 1987. Wigglesworth
was President of the American Composers Alliance from 1980-1984.

ACE Publications

52 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Frank Wigglesworth AFTER SUMMER MUSIC
Alto flute, viola, guitar
Frank Wigglesworth ALLELUIA
SA a cappella
Frank Wigglesworth AURORA str orch:2-1-1-1
Frank Wigglesworth AUTUMN SONGS sop,pf
Frank Wigglesworth AUTUMN SONGS hg sop, pf
Frank Wigglesworth CALM SOUL OF ALL THINGS satb a capella
Frank Wigglesworth CONCERTINO, Solo Vla, Orch orch(pic-1-0-1-1, 0-1-1-0, perc,xyl,str(2-0-1-1)
Frank Wigglesworth DOUBLE STAR vln,vcl
Frank Wigglesworth DUO 89 for two cellos 2 vcl
Frank Wigglesworth Duo for Alto and Bass Flutes altfl, bsfl
Frank Wigglesworth DUO FOR OBOE & VIOLA (or, CL) ob, vla(or cl)
Frank Wigglesworth EARTH SMOKE & BLAZING STARS 2fl,ob,2cl,hn
Frank Wigglesworth EASTER MUSIC chor,stb soloists,org,orch:pic-1-1-1-1, hn,tpt,tbn,perc,str
Frank Wigglesworth ELIZABETHAN SONGS mezzo or baritone & fl
Frank Wigglesworth FIVE SONGS OF ROBERT FROST
Medium voice, alto flute
Frank Wigglesworth GOD, THAT MADEST ALL THINGS
Soprano, piano
Frank Wigglesworth HONEYSUCKLE (or Sonata for Solo Vla)
Viola
Frank Wigglesworth JANUS, for Orch
Flute (3)/piccolo, oboe (2), clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (4), trombone (2), tuba, percussion (3), strings
Frank Wigglesworth LO BEHOLD!
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (2), tuba, percussion (2), timpani, strings`
Frank Wigglesworth LULLABY
Contralto, piano
Frank Wigglesworth MORE SONGS OF AUTUMN
Soprano, piano
Frank Wigglesworth MR. WESTCOTT'S $1,000,000 INHERITANCE
Baritone, piano
Frank Wigglesworth PARTY SONG FOR ANDREW & MICHELLE
Flute, horn
Frank Wigglesworth PINE TREE WALTZ, THE; for Strings
Strings: 2-1-1 (or string orchestra)
Frank Wigglesworth POLICE LOG OF THE IPSWICH CHRONICLE
SATB, piano

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