Robert Capanna

  • 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.

    From 1982 to 2009, Mr. Capanna 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. He passed away on January 26, 2018


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Solo
    114-40525 Remembrance
    For Solo Bassoon
    6:00
    110-40734 Sonata
    For Piano
    17:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Chamber Ensemble
    114-41109 5 Serenades
    11:00
    114-40495 Duo
    111-40179 Songs Of An Ancient Mariner
    21:00
    114-41017 String Quartet No. 1
    2045 String Quartet
    114-40626 Trio 6
    for Violin, Cello and Piano
    Piano Trio
    Orchestra
    10445 Chamber Symphony
    1 0 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Pno. Str.
    12658 Reliquaries I and II
    13:00 Sop.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 1; Gtr. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    116-40039 Three Pieces
    For String Orchestra
    13:00
    Chorus and Orchestra
    11329 Day
    A Secular Cantata for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra
    30:00 SATB. Chorus (min. 6 6 6 6); 1(Picc. A.Fl.) 1(E.H.) 1(B.Cl.) 1 – 1 0 0 0; 1Perc. Hp. Str. (min. 4 4 4 3 3 1)

  • 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

  • 2000-2001: ASCAP Standard Award
    1999-2000: ASCAP Standard Award
    1998-1999: ASCAP Standard Award
    1997: Distinguished Alumni Award, University of the Arts, College of Performing Arts
    1997-1998: ASCAP Standard Award
    1993-1994: ASCAP Standard Award
    1992-1993: ASCAP Standard Award
    1976: Koss/MTNA National Bicentennial Composition Award
    1974: Bruno Maderna Memorial Fellowship, Berkshire Music Competition
    1974: Koussevitsky Composition Prize, Berkshire Music Center

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