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Paul Creston
1906 - 1985
United States of America, NY
P. Creston
Paul Creston (10/10/1906 - 24/08/1985), an American composer. He was born in New York of Italian parentage. Entirely self-taught with the exception of piano and organ lessons in his youth, Creston pursued studies in theory, composition, literature, and philosophy while working to support himself and his poor immigrant family. Fiercely independent by nature, the composer developed his style free of any particular school of thought or teacher's influence and made rhythm a cornerstone of his work, often emphasizing shifting subdivisions of regular meters. He created works in many genres including five symphonies, concertos for violin, piano, saxophone, and marimba, several dance works, songs, and choral, chamber, and instrumental pieces.
Creston wrote 120 compositions with opus numbers including piano pieces, songs, chamber music for various instruments, choral works, symphonic band works, and over 35 orchestral works including 6 symphonies. He is especially recognized for his contributions to the literature of neglected instruments such as the marimba, trombone, harp, accordion, and saxophone. His works have been widely performed by major orchestras and performing artists. In an orchestral survey prepared by Robert Sabin in the late 1950's, Creston and Aaron Copland shared first place in regard to the number of orchestral compositions performed by major American symphony orchestras.
Composed in:1938
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
This requiem (opus 15) is for two voices (TB) and organ.
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis