John J. Becker

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(b. Henderson, Ky., January 22, 1886; d. Wilmette, Ill., January 21, 1961) was an American composer, often grouped with Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Henry Cowell, and Wallingford Riegger as "The American Five" of "ultra-modern" music.

Becker was closely befriended with Ives, who entrusted to him the orchestration of his enormous visionary song, General William Booth Enters into Heaven. He belongs to the ‘American Five’ of early modernism – but his music has remained the least known. He taught at Barat College on Lake Michigan.

 

 

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1 AN INDIAN HYMN (1922)
1st MVMT of SYMPHONY No. 1

2 CONCERTO ARABESQUE (Piano and small orchestra_ (1930)
Piano solo; fl, ob, cl, bsn, cbsn, hn, tpt, 5-pt strings

3 CONCERTO FOR HORN & ORCH (1933)
horn & orch:2-2-2-2, 0-2-0-0-,TIMP, str

4 CONCERTO FOR VIOLA & ORCH (1937)
vla solo, 2222, 2200, timp, vln 1, vln2, vlc, cb

5 FOUR MODERN DANCES (1953)
pf

6 FOUR POEMS FROM THE JAPANESE (1933)
Sop, or Ten, pf

8 MISSA SYMPHONICA (1933)
male choir TTBB

9 MOCKERY (1935)
2 alto saxes/cl, 2 tpt, banjo, bass, drums, piano, tbn, tenor sax, violin I-II

10 MOMENTS FROM THE LITURGICAL YEAR (1948)
solo speaker; speaking chorus; chorus; soloist

11 MONODRAMA 1 (1951)
Tenor, pf

12 NUNC, SANCTI, NOBIS, SPIRITUS (1948)
satb, a cap

13 OUT OF THE CRADLE ENDLESSLY ROCKING (1929)
Narrator, S, T, satb ,orch(2-2-2-2; 4-2-0-0, timp, str

14 THE POOL (1924)
ssa, piano

15 PSALMS OF LOVE (1935)
med voice, org

16 RAIN DOWN DEATH (1939)
1-1-1-1,1-1-0-0, timp, perc, pf, str

17 SATIRICO (PIANO CONCERTO No. 2) (1938)
2-2-2-2, 4-2-2-0, timp, perc(2), str

18 SOUNDPIECE NO 1-B (1932)
pf, string orchestra

19 SOUNDPIECE NO 7 (1949)
2 pianos

21 SYMPHONY 6, Out of Bondage (1942)
nar, chorus & orch:2-2-2-3-cbsn, 4-2-3-1, timp,perc,str
ACA has parts only

23 TWO POEMS OF DEPARTURE (1927)
medium-high voice, piano

24 VICTORY MARCH (1942)
3223 4231 perc, timp, pf, strings
large orch

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