John Verrall

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1 APPALACHIAN FOLK SONG (1953)
vcl,pf

2 BRIEF ELEGY (1970)
cl

3 THE CHIEF JOSEPH LEGEND (1989)
solo Baritone, choir, orch: 3-3-3-3, 4-4-4-1, timp, perc, str

4 CHILDREN, THE (1945)
1.1.1.1, 2.2.3.0, pf, strings

5 COLONIAL HERITAGE (1978)
high or low vc,pf

7 CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCH (1960)
pf,orch:2-2-2-2,2hns,timp,str

8 CONCERTO FOR VIOLA & ORCHESTRA (1969)
vla, orch:2-1-2-1, 1-1-0-0,timp,str

9 CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN & ORCH (1946)
vln,orch:2-2-2-2, 2-2-0-1,timp,str

11 COWHERD & THE SKYMAIDEN, THE (1951)
pf,vcs

12 COWHERD & THE SKYMAIDEN, THE (1951)
opera for sop,alt,ten, bar,bbar,chorus,orch:1-1-1-1,1-2-0-0,perc,pf,str

13 DARK NIGHT OF SAINT JOHN
cham orch:2-1-2-1,2-1-0-0,str

14 DIVERTIMENTO
cl,bsn,hn

15 DUO SONATA (1983)
pf-4 hands

16 EUSEBIUS REMEMBERED (1976)
hn, pf (or tensax,pf)

18 FANTASY VARIATIONS (1989)
Violin, piano

19 FOUR CHARACTERISTIC PIECES (1992)
Flute, piano

20 INTRODUCTION AND RONDINO (1956)
3 clarinets

21 INTRODUCTION, VARIATIONS & ADAGIO (1974)
Flute, oboe, piano, violin, cello

22 INVOCATION TO EOS (1983)
Horn, piano

23 LYRIC SYMPHONY (1990)
Flute (3), oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion, strings

24 MEMORIES OF EARLIER DAYS (1986)
Piano

26 NONETTE (1970)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, viola (2), cello

27 OLYMPIC SUNSET (1988)
Flute (3), oboe (3), clarinet (3), bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings

28 PASSACAGLIA FOR CONCERT BAND (1964)
band:pic-1-1-3-Acl-Ebcl- bcl-alcl-3sax(a,t,bar)-2,2-3-3-2euph-timp,2perc,cb

29 A PASTORAL ELEGY
Solo oboe, hand: flute, clarinet (3), bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone (3), tuba

30 PASTORALE (1960)
Flute (2), viola (2), cello (3)

31 PORTRAIT OF ST CHRISTOPHER (1956)
Flute (3)/piccolo, oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings (2-1-1-1)

32 PRELUDE (1966)
Piano

33 PRELUDE & ALLEGRO (1948)
String orchestra

34 PRELUDE & FUGHETTA (1966)
Carillon

35 PRELUDE FOR ORCHESTRA(In Praise of Peace) (1962)
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), horn (2), trumpet (4), timpani/percussion, strings

36 PRELUDE, ARIETTA & FUGUE (1972)
band:2/pic-1-0-4-Ebcl- alcl-bcl-4sax-1,2-4-3-euph-1,Timp,perc,cb

37 PRELUDE, INTERMEZZO & FUGUE (1964)
2 pianos

38 PRELUDES EN SUITE (1961)
Piano

40 QUINTET FOR PIANO & STRINGS (1953)
Piano, string quartet

41 RADIANT BRIDGE (1975)
Flute (3), oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings

42 RHAPSODY (1979)
Solo horn, string orchestra

43 RHAPSODY FOR SOLO HORN AND STRINGS (1979)
solo hn,str orch

44 ROSE OF THE WORLD, THE (1966)
Soprano solo, flute, piano

45 SERENA (1984)
Horn, piano

46 SERENADE & PASTORALE (1956)
Flute (or oboe), organ

47 SIX VARIATIONS ON AN ORIGINAL THEME (1945)
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (4), strings

48 A SOJOURN OF THE SPIRIT (1981)
Medium voice, piano

49 SONATA FOR 2 PF (1984)
2 pianos

50 SONATA for horn and piano (1942)
hn,pf

51 SONATA for oboe and piano (1956)
Oboe (or violin), piano

52 SONATA for violin and piano (1963)
Violin, piano

53 SONATA NO.1 for viola and piano (1942)
Viola, piano

54 SONATA NO.2 for piano (1986)
Piano

55 SONATINA for 'cello and piano (1957)
Cello, piano

56 SONATINA for viola and piano (1961)
Viola, piano

57 SONATINA for violin and piano (1949)
Violin, piano

58 A SONG OF REJOICING (1966)
Children's voices, bells

59 SONGS OF NATURE (1979)
Medium voice, piano

60 STRING QUARTET NO.5 (1952)
String quartet

61 STRING QUARTET NO.7 (1961)
String quartet

62 SUITE for brass sextet (1956)
Brass sextet: horn, trumpet (2), trombone, euphonium, tuba

63 SUITE for three clarinets (1957)
3 clarinets

64 SUITE for two pianos (1966)
2 pianos

65 SUITE NO.1 for orchestra (1959)
Flute (3), oboe (2), english hon, clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion (2), harp, strings

66 SUMMERLAND FANTASY(A BUCOLIC PRELUDE FOR ORCHESTRA) (1985)
Flute (3), oboe (2, english horn, clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings

67 SYMPHONY FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (1967)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, strings

68 SYMPHONY No. 2 in E (1943)
Flute (3), oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (2), bassoon (3), horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings

69 THEME & VARIATIONS (1945)
Piano

70 THEY SHALL NEVER THIRST (1954)
SATB

71 THREE FANTASY LEGENDS (1990)
Horn, piano

73 THREE NOCTURNES (1987)
Violin, cello, piano

74 WEDDING KNELL, THE (1952)
Soprano, alto, baritone, bass soli, piano

75 WEDDING KNELL, THE (1952)
Soprano, alto, baritone, bass soli; flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, percussion, harmonium&harpsichord (optional), viola, cello

76 A WINTER'S TALE (1947)
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion, strings

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Biography: 

John Weedon Verrall (b. 1908 - d. 2001) was an American composer of contemporary classical music.

Prior to his University studies, Verrall studied composition with Donald Ferguson, followed by studies with R. O. Morris in London and Zoltán Kodály in Budapest. He obtained a B.M. degree from the Minneapolis School of Music in 1929, and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1934. In the early 1930s he spent several summers at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he studied composition with Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, and Frederick Jacobi. He taught at Hamline University from 1934–1942 and Mount Holyoke College from 1942–1946, during which time he briefly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. While teaching at Mount Holyoke College, Verall also worked as a music editor for G. Schirmer. In 1946 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.[1] In 1948 he joined the music faculty at the University of Washington, where he taught composition and music theory until he retired as professor emeritus in 1973. Several of Verrall's students have gone on to have successful careers, including William Bolcom, Alan Stout, and Gloria Wilson Swisher.

From the late 1940s, Verrall used as the tonal basis for his music a nine-pitch scale consisting of two tetrachords on either side of a central pitch, itself alterable (C–D–E–E, F or F, G–A–B–B). This collection lends itself to symmetrical harmonic formations and melodic contours which, with equivalent rhythmic and metrical formations, generate the global and local pitch and rhythmic relations in his music.

Verrall wrote numerous symphonic works and chamber music pieces including four symphonies, seven string quartets, a violin concerto, and a viola concerto, among many other works. He also wrote several vocal art songs, choral works, and three operas.

Composer's photo above: John Verrall at the piano, undated. Photo: James A. Young. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23557z