James Yannatos

Biography

Composer and conductor James Yannatos (1929-2011) led the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra for more than 45 years. He was born and educated in New York City. He attended the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Subsequent studies with Nadia Boulanger, Luigi Dallapiccola, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, and Philip Bezanson in composition; William Steinberg and Leonard Bernstein in conducting; and Hugo Kortschak and Ivan Galamian on violin took Yannatos to Yale University (B.M., M.M.), the University of Iowa (Ph.D.), Aspen, Tanglewood, and Paris. As a young violinist, he performed in various professional ensembles including a piano trio, string quartet, early music groups with Hindemith and Boulanger, and in the Casals Festival.

In 1964, he was appointed music director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and led that group on tours to Europe, Russia, South America, and Asia. He organized and co-directed the New England Composers Orchestra, the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, and taught conducting at Tanglewood. He appeared as guest conductor-composer at the Aspen, Banff, Tanglewood, Chautauqua, and Saratoga festivals; with the Boston Pops, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Baltimore, and San Antonio symphonies, and the Sverdlovsk, Leningrad, Cleveland, and American Symphony chamber orchestras.

ACE Publications

79 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
James Yannatos SONGS OF LIFE, LOVE AND LOSS FOR ORCHESTRA -
ob, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb
James Yannatos ALL ABOUT SAX - FANTASY FOR SAX QUARTET Saxophone Quartet
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James Yannatos FANTASY FOR VIOLA AND PIANO vla, pf
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James Yannatos SILLY AND SERIOUS SONGS 1 to 4-part songs
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James Yannatos PIANO QUINTET piano + string quartet
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James Yannatos MINI SUITE FOR WOODWIND QUINTET -
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James Yannatos MINI SUITE: THREE PIECES FOR PIANO -
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James Yannatos SONGS OF LIFE, LOVE, AND LOSS QUARTET VERSION voice, oboe, 2 vln, vla, vcl
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James Yannatos CONCERTO FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA -
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James Yannatos HERE--THERE -- THIS AND THAT 10 players: Fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, 5 part strings
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James Yannatos PRIERES DANS L'ARC FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE -
fl, cl, perc, pf, vln/vla, vc
James Yannatos ELEGY - In Memoriam Stephen Albert cello, piano
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James Yannatos THREE BAGATELLES FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO vln, vcl
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James Yannatos Symphony No. 6: A Lear Symphony Baritone solo, orchestra
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James Yannatos CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA 2222 1210 perc strings violin solo
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James Yannatos Symphony No. 7: Prais'd Be The Fathomless Universe 3222 4331 Perc, Sop solo, Bass-Bar solo, SATB chorus, harp, strings
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James Yannatos ALL ABOUT MICE - VAR. ON "HICKORY-DICKORY-DOCK" FOR ORCHESTRA 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 fr hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, perc, 2 vln, vla, vlc, cbs, vv
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James Yannatos PRELUDE AND TOCCATA organ
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James Yannatos Symphony No. 4 Tiananmen Square 2222 4331 perc timp piano hp strings
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James Yannatos QUOD LIBET FOR BRASS TRIO AND PERCUSSION tpt in C, hn, tbn, perc
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James Yannatos LITTLE WAVE women's chorus, piano
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James Yannatos EIGHT HAIKU FOR SOLO FLUTE Flute
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James Yannatos Symphony No. 2 Earth Fire Air Water 4 solo singers, orchestra
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James Yannatos STRING QUARTET No. 3 string quartet
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James Yannatos AMAZING GRACE - a Choral Drama SATB chorus, Narrator, Vocal Soloists, Trio: Piano, Perc, Double Bass
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Additional Works

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