Donald Harris

  • Donald Harris served on the faculties and as an administrator at the New England Conservatory of Music (1967-77) and the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford (1977-88), before becoming dean of the College of the Arts and professor of music at Ohio State in 1988. In 1997, after a thirty-year career as a senior-level administrator in higher education and the arts, he stepped down as dean and joined the OSU faculty in composition. From 1954 until 1968, Harris lived in Paris, France where, among other things, he was music consultant to the United States Information Service and produced the city’s first postwar Festival of Contemporary American Music. Harris earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from The University of Michigan, where he was a student of Ross Lee Finney. He continued his studies with Lukas Foss, Boris Blacher, Nadia Boulanger, André Jolivet and Max Deutsch, a student of Arnold Schoenberg.

    Harris has received numerous commissions, including the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation in the Library of Congress, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Radio France, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Goethe Institute, Boston Musica Viva, Connecticut Public Radio, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Arnold Schoenberg Institute (The Pierrot Project) and the Festival of Contemporary American Music at Tanglewood. He is co-editor of the W. W. Norton publication of the correspondence between Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg, for which he received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (1989). In 1991 he was honored with an award in composition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1991), which led to a retrospective recording of his work on the CRI label (1994). In 1990 he was featured composer on the Leningrad (USSR), Musical Spring ’90, sponsored by the Union of Leningrad Composers.

    His music is published by the Editions Jobert in France, and in this country by Theodore Presser and GUNMAR Music, a division of G. Schirmer/AMP and Shawnee Press. In addition to CRI, his compositions have been recorded on the Delos, Centaur, and NEC-Golden Crest labels. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, numerous ASCAP Awards, grants-in-aide from the Rockefeller and Chapelbrook Foundations and the Alban Berg Stiftung, the Louisville Orchestra Prize, the Prince Rainier III of Monaco Composition Award, the A.C. Fuller Award from the Julius Hartt Musical Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant. His articles and reviews have been published in Perspectives of New Music, the Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Newsletter of the International Alban Berg Society, College Music Symposium and Notes.

    His music has been performed by the French National Radio Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the French Radio, Strasbourg Radio Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Société de Musique Contemporaine de Québec and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and on such series or festivals as the New York Philharmonic Prospective Encounters, Grands Concerts de la Sorbonne, Society of Composers, Inc., Bergen Festival (Norway), Festival of Twentieth Century Music, Saarbrucken (Germany), Semaines Musicales Internationales de Paris (France), League-ISCM Concerts, New York, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., The Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood, Biennale de Paris, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Washington (D.C.) Performing Arts Society and New Music America.

  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    110-40635 Balladen
    For Piano
    8:30 Piano Unaccompanied
    510-00889 Sonata 1957
    Chamber Ensemble
    514-00149 Fantasy
    Violin, Piano
    411-41083 For The Night To Wear
    For Mezzo-Soprano and Mixed Ensemble – Score
    10676 For the Night to Wear
    for Soprano and 7 Players
    8:00 Solo Sop.; A.Cl. B.Cl. Vln. 2Vla. Vcl. Pno.
    111-40105 Les Mains
    554-00108 Ludus
    111-40093 Of Hartford In A Purple Light
    For Voice and Piano
    5:30 Voice with Piano
    514-01377 String Quartet
    String Quartet
    21704 A Lyric Fanfare
    4:10 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    10679 Mermaid Variations
    1013 2 1 2(B.Cl.) 1 – 2 1 1 0; Timp. Str.
    576-00165 Symphonie En 2 Movements
    21705 Symphony No. 2
    38:00 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 4(E-flat, B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.

  • Donald Harris: For the Night to Wear DONALD HARRIS: FOR THE NIGHT TO WEAR
    CRI/New World Records (NWCR666); February 1, 2007
    Performer(s): Veronica Jochum, piano
    Work(s): Balladen for Piano
    For the Night to Wear
    Le Mains
    Mermaid Variations
    Of Hartford in a Purple Light

  • 1973-2010: ASCAP Awards
    1991: American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters
    1991: MacDowell Colony, Norton Stevens Fellow
    1989: ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award
    1988: A.C. Fuller Award, Julius Hartt Musical Foundation
    1974: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Composition
    1966: Guggenheim Fellowship
    1962: Prince Rainier III of Monaco Composition Award
    1956: Fulbright Scholarship
    1954: Louisville Orchestra Prize