Philip Bezanson

Biography

Philip Bezanson (January 6, 1916 – March 11, 1975) was an American composer and educator. Born in Athol, Massachusetts, he graduated from Yale University School of music in 1940 and after war services enrolled in the graduate program of composition at the State University of Iowa were he joined its faculty eight years later. In 1951 he received his Ph.D. and later became head of composition. He was made a professor in 1961. Dr. Bezanson studied composition with David Stanley Smith, Richard Donovan and Philip Greely Clapp.

A prolific and productive composer, Bezanson won several prestigious awards and received commissions from amongst others Dimitri Mitropoulos, namely a piano concerto in 1952. His most famous work is perhaps the opera "Golden Child" written in 1960 to a libretto by Paul Engle and first performed on television on the Hallmark Theatre. Several of his vocal and choral works use texts by Engle as well.

His notable students included Olly Wilson, M. William Karlins, and James Yannatos.

ACE Publications

26 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Philip Bezanson MEMORY -
SATB, horn (4), strings (4-2-2-1)
Philip Bezanson BRASS SEXTET hn(2),tpt(2),tbn(2)
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Philip Bezanson PETITE SUITE -
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone
Philip Bezanson DIES DOMINI MAGNUS satb, 2 hn, 2tpt,2tbn,tb,timp
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Philip Bezanson SINFONIA CONCERTANTE, for Orch -
Flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet (2), trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, piano, strings
Philip Bezanson HOMMAGE TO GREAT AMERICANS -
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Philip Bezanson CONCERTINO ob & str orch(2-1-1-1)
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Philip Bezanson FOUR BAGATELLES -
Violin, piano
Philip Bezanson THAT TIME MAY CEASE AND MIDNIGHT NEVER COME Bar, pic, 2fl, 2ob, eh, ebCl, 2Bbcl, bscl, cbcl, 2bsn, cbsn, 4hn, 3tpt, 3tbn, tba, perc
Baritone voice, piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), english horn, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet (2), bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba (1), percussion
Philip Bezanson THAT TIME MAY CEASE AND MIDNIGHT NEVER COME -
Baritone, piano (or organ)
Philip Bezanson CAPRICCIO CONCERTANTE 2/PIC-2-2- BCL-2, 2-2-3-0,timp,perc,str
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Philip Bezanson CONTRASTS -
med voice, pf
Philip Bezanson TRIO -
Clarinet, horn, piano
Philip Bezanson DUO vcl, pf
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Philip Bezanson DIVERTIMENTO org, tpt(2),tbn(2), timp
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Philip Bezanson PIANO TRIO -
Violin, cello, piano
Philip Bezanson SONATINA FOR CLARINET & PIANO -
Clarinet, piano
Philip Bezanson SONGS OF INNOCENCE (high)voice, & cham orch: 1-1-1-1,2-0-0-0, str
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Philip Bezanson WOODWIND QUINTET (Homage to Great Americans) -
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
Philip Bezanson WESTERN CHILD -
Opera: SAT x3, SATB choir, flute (2), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (2), timpani (3), strings
Philip Bezanson WORD OF LOVE (Song Cycle) -
Tenor, piano
Philip Bezanson RONDO-PRELUDE -
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bass clarinet, bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba (1), timpani, strings
Philip Bezanson SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, SECOND -
Violin, piano
Philip Bezanson STRING TRIO -
Violin, viola, cello
Philip Bezanson PIANO SONATINA -
Piano

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