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Roger Durham Hannay
1930 - 2006
United States of America, NY
R.D. Hannay
Roger Hannay (22/09/1930 - 27/01/2006), an American composer, born in Plattsburgh, NY. He is a member of ASCAP and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Kenan Foundation, the Pogue Foundation, Meet the Composer Inc., the University Research Council, and the UNC Micro Computer Support Center. He has had invited residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center, Princeton University Center for Advanced Studies, the University of Indiana, the MacDowell Colony (1982), the Charles Ives Center for American Music (1985), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (1992), the Centrum Foundation (1992), and Yaddo (1992). He is a member of the Southeastern Composers League and his music is published by C.F. Peters, Galaxy Music Corp. (E.C. Schirmer), Seesaw Music Corp., Media Press, and Accura Music Inc.
The diversity of his work as a composer and advocate of new music by others has been reviewed in Musical America (Hi-Fidelity) and the New York Times, and he is cited in Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music since 1900 (Slonimsky), the New Groves, the New Groves Dictionary of American Music, Groves Dictionary of Opera (1992), Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians and American Composers (Ewen).
His orchestral compositions have had performances by the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Eastman Philharmonic, the New York Composer's Theatre Orchestra, the Durham Choral Society and Orchestra, the UNC Symphony, the University of Kentucky Symphony (Lexington), the Indiana University Symphony and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. He was one of five composers chosen to represent North Carolina in the United States Bi-Centennial Concert in Kennedy Center by the NC School of the Arts Orchestra and in 1990 he conducted the Symphony Orchestra of the North Carolina School of the Arts in the premiere of his Symphony No. 5. His Symphony No. 6 (1992), written under a grant from the Pogue Foundation, was premiered by the Winston-Salem-Piedmont Symphony in April 1994 and his tone poem "Vikingrwest" was commissioned by the North Carolina Arts Council Composer Fellowship Program (1993). Symphony No. 7 was completed in 1996.
Roger Hannay is Professor Emeritus of the faculty at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he was the Founder-Director of the UNC New Music Ensemble, the Composer-Concert Series, and the Electronic Music Studio. He served as Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts and from 1966 to 1995 was Professor of Composition lecturing in theory and contemporary music in the Department of Music. His book, a collection of autobiographical essays "My Book of Life" was completed in September of 1997.
An archive of his life's work has been established at the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Composed in:1961
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Walt Whitman
Label(s):Aucourant Records AUREC 9901-1
Requiem (1961) for orchestra, chorus and soprano soloist, based on a text by Walt Whitman. This is an important work from a historical perspective and is one of only a handful of truly American requiems.
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis
W. Whitman