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 RemembranceFor Solo Bassoon 6:00 SonataFor Piano 17:00 Piano Unaccompanied Chamber Ensemble 5 Serenades 11:00 Duo Songs Of An Ancient Mariner 21:00 String Quartet No. 1 2045 String Quartet Trio 6for Violin, Cello and Piano Piano Trio Orchestra Chamber Symphony 1 0 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Pno. Str. Reliquaries I and II 13:00 Sop.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 1; Gtr. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Three PiecesFor String Orchestra 13:00 Chorus and Orchestra DayA 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)
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