James Beale

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James Beale, born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts in 1924, received his early musical training under the guidance of Stanley Chapple. He studied at Harvard with Walter Piston, Irving Fine and Aaron Copland, and received a scholarship to continue work with Mr. Copland at the Berkshire Music Center in 1946. At Yale, where he worked with Richard Donovan, his Piano Trio won the Woods-Chandler Prize.

In 1958 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent the following year near Paris writing his Cressay Symphony, a work in four movements for large orchestra. His compositions have been performed by orchestras throughout the country, including the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (with which he was pianist in 1945), the Columbia University Orchestra, the St. Louis Little Symphony, the Tacoma Civic Orchestra and the Portland Junior Symphony. His compositions include several symphonic works, piano sonatas, a piano trio, violin sonatas, cello concertos, etc.

During World War II, he served in the American Field Service in Italy and North Africa. He graduated from Harvard College in 1945 and in 1947 received a Master of Music from Yale University. 

He joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Music in 1948 and taught his last classes in 1994, a span of 46 years.

(portrait drawing by John K. Costello)

ACE Publications

1 BALLADE FOR VIOLA & PIANO (1957)
vla,pf

2 BALLADE FOR VIOLA AND STRINGS, Op. 47 (1957)
solo vla,str: 2-1-1-1

Beale_Ballade For Viola And Strings excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Eric Shumsky, viola

3 CONCERTO FOR CELLO & ORCH (1956)
solo vc, orch: 2-1-3-2; 4-2-3-1; tmp; str

4 CRESSAY SYMPHONY (Symphony #2).op.26 (1961)
pic-2-2-eh-2,bcl-2,cbsn, 4-3-3-1, timp, perc(3),hp,str.

5 DIVERTIMENTO FOR ORCHESTRA, op 19 (1954)
pic-2-1/ehn-2-1,2-2-2-0,timp, perc,pf,str

6 ETUDE
pf

7 Fanfare , Opus 14 (1952) (1952)
4 hn, 4 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba, 2 snare drm, 1 bs drm

8 FANTASY ON AN AMERICAN HYMN TUNE (1991)
two pianos

9 FANTOMES (1980)
Bs-Bar voice, cl, cel, hp, perc, vn, vla, vc

10 FIVE STILL LIFES, Op 32 (1963)
fl(2)/pic,cl(2),bscl, bsn,vib,hp(2), cel

11 HOW LIKE A WINTER, op 43 (1982)
SATB,a cap

12 LAMENTATIONS, op 35 (1966)
sop,fl,pf

13 MUSHROOM PIECE, Op36 (1970)
tbn(s)

14 MUSIC FOR SOPRANO & ORCH, Op 34 (1965)
sop (solo), 2-2(eh)-2,bcl-2,2-2-3-1,perc,cel,str

16 PIANO SONATA, 1st; Op 6 (1949)
pf

Beale_PianoSontaNo1 excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Piano Sonata No. 1 - James Beale

19 PIANO SONATA, 4th, Op. 11 (1951)
Piano solo

24 PISCES ASCENDING, Op, 38 (1972)
perc, pf

Beale_Pisces Ascending perc pf excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Pisces Ascending for percussion and piano

25 POEM, Op. 54 (2010)
pf

26 PROVERBS, op 28 (1960)
bar, Ehn,vib, pf/cel

27 SEXTET for Winds and Piano Op. 39 (1976)
woodwind quintet, piano

Beale_WoodwindQuintet excerpt.mp3

excerpt from 3rd movement

28 SINFONIETTA, for Band,Op 37 (1971)
PICC-2-2-6(Eb,3Bb,alto,bs)-2-cbsn,optional saxes(SATB), Cor(3),5-3-3-1, timp, perc(3),cb

34 STRING QUARTET NO 1, Op 15 (1953)
string quartet

35 STRING QUARTET NO 2, Op. 30 (1963)
string quartet

36 SUITE FOR STRINGS, Op 42 (1981)
string orchestra

37 SYMPHONY, Op 10 (for chamber orch) (1950)
2/pic-2-2-2,2-0-0-0,timp,str

38 THREE MINIATURES, op 3 (1947)
ob,cl,vla

39 THREE MOTETS, Op. 40 (1977)
Women's chorus

41 THREE PIECES FOR VIBRAPHONE, Op. 27 (1959)
vib

Beale_ThreePiecesforVibraphone excerpt - 3rd piece.mp3

3rd piece - "Finale" Kathleen Kastner, vibraphone

42 THREE SONGS, Op 33 (1965)
sop, vln,vla

45 VARIATIONS FOR ORCHESTRA, Op.51 (1992)
2-2-2-2-CBSN, 4-4-3-1,timp,perc(2), str

46 WOODWIND QUINTET, Op.48 (1990)
fl, ob, cl, bn, hn

Beale_WoodwindQuintet excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Soni Ventorum Quintet

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