Thomas Canning

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.

ACE Publications

53 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Thomas Canning CHAMBERED NAUTILLUS -
TTBB
Thomas Canning PRELUDE & CHORALE -
Trombone (4), percussion
Thomas Canning BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL satb, cel & org
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Thomas Canning PERPETUAL MOTION -
Trumpet (2), percussion
Thomas Canning SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS, THE -
SATB, trumpet (2), trombone (3), percussion, organ
Thomas Canning VARIATIONS FOR PIANO AND PERCUSSION -
Piano, percussion (6)
Thomas Canning ANTHEM (On the Tune 'Hyfrydol') -
SATB, soprano descant, trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone, strings
Thomas Canning PRAISE'O ABRAHAM -
SATB with descant, trumpet (2), organ
Thomas Canning SYMPHONY NO 1 'CLASSICAL' -
Percussion ensemble
Thomas Canning HOPE COLLEGE SERVICE, no.13 MEDITATION FOR STRINGS (on 'O God Our Help in Age Past') -
str qrt, str qnt
Thomas Canning VARIATIONS AND FUGUE FOR ORGAN (On a Hexachord by Alfred R. deJaager) -
organ
Thomas Canning HYMN FOR OUR NATION -
SATB, brass, percussion
Thomas Canning INAGURAL FANFARE -
Trumpet (3), trombone (3)
Thomas Canning BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD chil voices, org, glock(opt)
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Thomas Canning ANTHEM:ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING -
SATB, organ, trumpet descant
Thomas Canning GRATITUDES TO THE GOD OF NATURE -
SATB
Thomas Canning TWO SONGS -
Soprano, cello, piano
Thomas Canning ANTIPHON AND PSALM -
SATB, trumpet (3), horn (4), trombone (3), tuba, percussion
Thomas Canning PRAISE -
Tenor, percussion (11)
Thomas Canning CAROL OF PRAISE mez sop,brass qrt,org
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Thomas Canning GOD IS MY STRONG SALVATION -
SATB, harp
Thomas Canning THREE SONGS -
Soprano, piano
Thomas Canning TRUMPETS ON THE TOWER(An Easter Reveille) -
2 SATB choirs, trumpet (2), trombone (2)
Thomas Canning CHILD THIS DAY IS BORN Children's Choir, piano
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Thomas Canning COVENANT HYMN satb
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