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ROBERT CAPANNA

ROBERT CAPANNA

Awards

Works

Reviews


Robert Capanna was born in 1952 in Camden, New Jersey, and spent his early musical life commuting to Philadelphia for music lessons. Originally a trombonist, he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in composition from the Philadelphia Music Academy where he studied with Joseph Castaldo and Theodore Antoniou. In 1974, he was the Bruno Maderna Fellow in Composition at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood where he worked with Jacob Druckman and was awarded the Koussevitsky Prize in composition.

Mr. Capanna's works have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Penn Contemporary Players, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Amherst Music Center Orchestra, Dallas Civic Symphony, the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra, Network for New Music, the Trio di Milano, Colorado String Quartet, Mendelssohn Quartet, Concerto Soloists, Orchestra 2001 and the Philadelphia Singers

Since 1982, Mr. Capanna has served as executive director of the Settlement Music School, a community school of the arts serving over 9,000 students at six locations throughout the greater Philadelphia region.


Awards


2000-2001: ASCAP Standard Award

1999-2000: ASCAP Standard Award

1998-99: ASCAP Standard Award

1997-98: ASCAP Standard Award

1997: Distinguished Alumni Award, University of the Arts, College of Performing Arts

1993-94: ASCAP Standard Award

1992-93: ASCAP Standard Award

1976: Koss/MTNA National Bicentennial Composition Award

1974: Bruno Maderna Memorial Fellowship, Berkshire Music Center

1974: Koussevitsky Composition Prize, Berkshire Music Center


Works

Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos | Orchestra | Vocal and Choral




Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos


Duo for Two Guitars (1982)
Published: #114-40495


Five Serenades for Woodwind Quintet (1999) -- 11'
Fl., Ob., Cl., Hn., Bsn.
Published: #114-41109
Commission Information: Board of Directors of the Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

Available Separately:

Set of parts (11441109P)
Full Score - Large (11441109S)


Phorminx for Harp
Available From Publisher (G. Schirmer, 1975)


Phorminx for Two Guitars
Available From Composer


Quartet for SATB Saxophones
Available From Composer


Remembrance for Bassoon Solo (1977)
Published: #114-40525


Remembrance 2 for Cello
Available From Composer


Rota for Percussion Quartet
Available From Publisher (G. Schirmer, 1975)


Sextet for Clarinet, Trombone, Viola, Cello, Harp and Piano
Available From Composer


Sonata for Guitar
Available From Composer


Sonata for Piano Solo (1996) -- 17'
Published: #110-40734
Premiere Information: Jerome Lowenthal, piano; Curtis institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA; December 16, 1997


Stria for Flute
Available From Composer


String Quartet No. 1 (1996) -- 7' 45"
Published: #114-41017
Commission Information: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for the Colorado String Quartet with funds from the William Penn Foundation


String Quartet No. 2 "Point of Departure"
Available From Composer


The Blue Guitar for Speaker, Guitar, Flute, Viola, Cello and Percussion
Available From Composer


Thirteen Variations on a Moving Ground for Clarinet
Available From Composer


Trio for Clarinet, Tuba and Piano
Available From Composer


Trio 2 for Flute, Oboe and Harp
Available From Composer


Trio 3 for Guitar, Marimba and Harp
Available From Composer


Trio 4 for Flute, Oboe and Cello
Available From Composer


Trio 5 for Violin, Cello and Piano
Available From Composer


Trio 6 for Violin, Cello and Piano (1990)
Published: #114-40626
Commission Information: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for the Trio di Milano, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts

Available Separately:

Set of parts (11440626P)
Full Score - Large (11440626S)


Variations for Flute and Harp
Available From Composer



Orchestra


Chamber Symphony (1994) -- 15'
1-0-1-1; 1-1-1-0; Pno., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Reviews


Concerto for Chamber Orchestra
Available From Composer


Three Pieces for String Orchestra (1996) -- 13'
Published: #116-40039
Commission Information: Settlement Music School Board of Directors
Premiere Information: Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra; Philadelphia, PA; February 1998

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (11640039S)



Vocal and Choral


Day a Secular Cantata for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra (1997) -- 30'
SATB Chorus (min. 6-6-6-6); 1(Picc., A.Fl.)-1(E.Hn.)-1(B.Cl.)-1; 1-0-0-0; 1Perc., Hp., Str. (min. 4-4-4-3-3-1)
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: The Philadelphia Singers
Premiere Information: The Philadelphia Singers, Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, David Hayes, conductor; Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA; April 27, 1999


Four Blake Songs for Soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


Reliquaries I and II (1985 & 1989) -- 13' ea. (26' total)
Soprano Solo; 1-1-1-1; 1-1-1-1; Gtr., 2Perc., Pno., Hp., Str. (9-3-3-1)
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Samuel S. Fels Fund


Six Significant Landscapes for Soprano, Two Guitars, Marimba and Harp
Available From Composer


Song for Baritone and Cello
Available From Composer


Songs of an Ancient Mariner, Book One for Baritone and String Quartet (1998) -- 21'
Published: #111-40179
Commission Information: Network for New Music
Premiere Information: Colorado String Quartet, Randall Scarlata, baritone; Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA; October 8, 2000

Movements:
A feathered token
Butterflies
Claw clutched in net
Dragonflies
Elegant and poised
Grey shadows cast
High Seas, they said
Phosphorescent and twinkling

Available Separately:

Set of parts (11140179P)
Full Score - Large (11140179S)


Three Psalms for SATB, a cappella
Available From Composer


Three Songs
Available From Composer


Two Blake Songs for Soprano,Two Guitars, Marimba and Harp
Available From Composer


Two Songs for Tenor and Piano
Available From Composer



Reviews


Chamber Symphony

"This brightly paced reading of music for 12 players made its cheerful effect through shifting alliances, as each instrumentalist found new collaborators with whom to build clouds of changing sonic color. Europeans complain that Americans always smile - but it helps with programming."

-Daniel Webster, Philadelphia Inquirer