Thomas Canning

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1 ALL ABOARD FOR ARARAT(CHILDREN'S OPERA IN 1 ACT) (1957)
Children's voices, flute, recorder (3, SAT), contrabass, percussion, trumpet, piano OR voices, trumpet, snare, piano

2 AN OFFERING OF CAROLS & ROUNDS (1958)
SATB, brass, percussion

3 ANTHEM (On the Tune 'Hyfrydol')
SATB, soprano descant, trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone, strings

4 ANTHEM:ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING (1967)
SATB, organ, trumpet descant

5 ANTIPHON AND PSALM (1965)
SATB, trumpet (3), horn (4), trombone (3), tuba, percussion

6 AURELIA:PROCESSIONAL (1960)
SATB,3 tpt,org

7 BACCALAURATE PROCESSIONAL (1958)
tpt,tbn,org

8 BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD (1967)
chil voices, org, glock(opt)

9 BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL (1972)
satb, cel & org

10 BUILDERS, THE (1960)
satb, brass qnt

11 A CAROL OF PRAISE (1964)
mez sop,brass qrt,org

12 THE CHAMBERED NAUTILLUS (1976)
TTBB

13 A CHILD THIS DAY IS BORN (1962)
Children's Choir, piano

14 A CHRISTMAS GREETING (1954)
Women's voices

15 COVENANT HYMN (1961)
satb

16 FOUR CHRISTMAS PIECES (1957)
Brass quintet

17 GOD IS MY STRONG SALVATION (1964)
SATB, harp

18 GOOD KYTT HATH LOST HER KEY (1959)
SSA, horn, snare drum, keys on a large ring

22 HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAINS (1956)
Soprano (2), string quartet, organ

23 A HYMN FOR OUR NATION (1969)
SATB, brass, percussion

24 INAGURAL FANFARE (1968)
Trumpet (3), trombone (3)

25 A LITTLE CHILD THERE IS BORN (1958)
Soprano, piano

26 MEDITATION ON THE TUNE 'HYFRYDOL' (1960)
Oboe, string quartet

27 MUDRAS (1955)
Flute, harp, percussion, spoken prologue

29 NATURE'S PLAYMATES (1960)
Medium voice, piano

30 O GOD, OUR LORD, THY HOLY WORD (1959)
SATB, trumpet (2), horn (2), trombone (2), strings

31 PERPETUAL MOTION (1972)
Trumpet (2), percussion

32 PRAISE (1965)
Tenor, percussion (11)

33 PRAISE'O ABRAHAM
SATB with descant, trumpet (2), organ

34 PRELUDE & CHORALE (1975)
Trombone (4), percussion

35 PSALM 1 (1961)
SATB, oboe

36 ROGATION HYMN (1950)
SATB, trumpet (2), trombone (2)

37 RONDO FOR PERCUSSION AND BRASS (1953)
Horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (3), tuba, percussion

38 SHEPHERDS CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE (1950)
SSAA or SSATB

39 SONATA FOR ORGAN (1960)
Organ

40 SPIRIT OF GOD (1960)
SATB, violin (4), viola (2), cello (2)

41 SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS, THE (1972)
SATB, trumpet (2), trombone (3), percussion, organ

42 SPRING (1957)
SSA

43 SYMPHONY NO 1 'CLASSICAL'
Percussion ensemble

44 TEMPTATION OF JESUS, THE (1950)
Narrator, TTBB, horn (2), trumpet (2), trombone (3), tuba, percussion

46 THREE PIECES FOR CLARINET & PIANO (1942)
Clarinet, piano

47 THREE SONGS (1964)
Soprano, piano

49 TRUMPETS ON THE TOWER(An Easter Reveille) (1964)
2 SATB choirs, trumpet (2), trombone (2)

50 TWO SONGS (1966)
Soprano, cello, piano

52 VARIATIONS FOR PIANO AND PERCUSSION (1970)
Piano, percussion (6)

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Biography: 

Thomas Canning was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania in 1911. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College in 1936 and the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music of University of Rochester in 1940. At Oberlin he studied composition with Normand Lockwood and at Eastman with Howard Hanson and Bernard Rogers. From 1936 to 1941 he taught at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and in 1945 and 1946 he taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was on the music faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto during the 1946-1947 academic season and from there went to Eastman School of Music where he taught until 1963. Canning taught at West Virginia University from 1963 until his retirement in 1977 at which time he was named Professor Emeritus. He was a Fulbright Scholar in England in 1961-1962.

Canning was a member of the American Composers Alliance, The Hymn Society of America, Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honorary Society), and in 1966 was named a National Honorary Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Most of his compositions were written for specific occasions or organizations. Canning died in 1989.