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Thomas Beveridge
1938 -
United States of America, NY
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Th. Beveridge
Thomas Beveridge (06/04/1938), an American composer (from New York), Music Director of the National Men's Chorus, has had a distinguished career in music. He has been recognized for his multi-faceted abilities: singer, oboist, keyboard player, composer, arranger, teacher, conductor. He attended Harvard College, studying composition with Randall Thompson and Walter Piston, and choral conducting with G. Wallace Woodworth. Vocal study was at the Longy School of Music with Mme. Olga Averino and, later, with Mme. Mascia Predit. He studied composition and conducting in France with the legendary Nadia Boulanger.
His career as a professional singer has included performances at the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, with the National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society, U.S. Army Band and Chorus, the Boston Opera Group, New England Bach Festival, the Cathedral Choral Society, the New Amsterdam Singers, the Bethlehem Bach Choir, and the Philadelphia Singers. He has appeared in solo recital throughout the U.S., and at Carnegie Recital Hall, Symphony Space in New York City, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, the Library of Congress, and three entire concerts of his own songs at the National Gallery of Art.
Mr. Beveridge is a prolific composer and arranger. Many of his over 450 compositions have been published, and he has received distinguished commissions from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation at the Library of Congress. His works have been recorded on numerous labels, including Turnabout/Vox, Centaur, RCA, and Crystal.
Yizkor Requiem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1994
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Hebraic and Christian texts
Duration:58'26''
In memory of:his mother Ida ( 1992 or 1993) and his father Lowell ( 1991), who was an organist and professor in the musicology
Label(s):Naxos 8.559074
Mr. Beveridge's Yizkor Requiem, which received its world premiere in 1994, was hailed as "a major American work" in the press. That performance by New Dominion Chorale was singled out by Joseph McLellan, chief music critic of The Washington Post, as "one of the music season's most memorable events" in the Post's 1994 "Arts Roundup." Subsequent performances of Yizkor Requiem have been at Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Merkin Hall (New York) and at the Kennedy Center, with the Choral Arts Society and members of the National Symphony, conducted by Norman Scribner. A CD recording of that performance has been released on the Naxos International label. A recording by The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, will be released in 2005.
Yizkor Requiem: A Quest for Spiritual Roots seeks to combine the memorial services of the Jewish and Catholic religions, and the title reflects the first words of the Yizkor Service and the requiem mass: The Hebrew word "yizkor" means "may He remember," the whole initial phrase being "Yizkor Elohim et nishmat" ("May God remember the soul"); the Latin word "requiem" means "rest," from the initial phrase 'Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine' ("Rest eternal grant them, Lord").
Author:Thomas Beveridge