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David Warner Hutchison
1930 -
United States of America, CO
D.W. Hutchison
Warner Hutchison, M.Mus; PhD (15/12/1930), an American composer. He was born in Denver, Colorado. He studied at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, Rockmont College, the Sacred Music School at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and North Texas State University where he received his Ph.D. in 1971. He studied composition with Roy Harris, Wayne Barlow, Sammuel Adler, and Kent Kennan. Dr. Hutchison taught at Houghton College from 1956 to 1958, then at Union University from 1959 to 1966 before coming to New Mexico State University in 1967. He is the recipient of a number of awards and grants including a Ford Foundation and Music Educators National Conference Grant (1967/68), MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1973 and 1974), ASCAP Standard Award (1972-1984), and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for Hornpiece 1 for French Horn and Tape.
Mass for Abraham Lincoln
Composed in:1975
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Abraham Lincoln
In memory of:Abraham Lincoln
Mass for Abraham Lincoln, a huge requiem mass, (published: Seesaw Music Corp, NY, NY) is for an unusual set of performers intended as concert music, not as a traditional Latin requiem mass. Its eight movements carry the titles of most of the parts of of the Roman Catholic mass, but the content is excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln. The work is for two performers, amplified and prepared piano, and tape (or CD). The recorded accompanying tape (CD) has a narration of Lincoln's words, interspersed with sounds of U.S. Civil War battle cries, et al. The two performers perform simultaneously on the piano which is amplified through loud speakers. They are garbed in black vestments, and sing or intone some fragments from the sung portions (Breviary) of the Mass service. This work is 45 minutes duration. It is a very serious work, demanding professional musicians. It was commissioned by the New Mexico Music Teachers Association for the U.S. Bicentennial and premiered at the University of New Mexico, May, 1975. It was subsequently performed at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Mass. in 1976, and elsewhere, including San Diego State University for a "Meet the Composers" concert in 1988. For the premiere, technicians constructed a giant 8-ft cross illuminated with flourescant lamps and suspended over the stage.
Author:Warner Hutchison
A. Lincoln
(dedicatee & text)