Bernard Rogers

  • Bernard Rogers was born on February 4, 1893 in New York City. His first teachers in theory and composition were Hans van den Berg and Arthur Farwell. He later studied with Percy Goetschius, Ernest Bloch, Frank Bridge, and Nadia Boulanger.

    During the early part of his career, Rogers was on the editorial staff of Musical America, was a music critic for the Cleveland Commercial and a program annotator for the State Symphony of New York. In 1920 his Dirge for Orchestra entitled To the Fallen won him the Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship, and in 1927 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent two years in Europe. In 1929, Rogers joined the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, becoming Chairman of the Department of Composition. He retired from Eastman in 1967.

    Rogers’ music includes five symphonies, other large orchestral works, four operas, choral music, and chamber music, as well as scores for documentary films. His command of the orchestral craft is evidenced by the masterful use of instrumental colors which characterizes his work. In addition to his musical compositions, Rogers was the author of The Art of Orchestration, a standard text.

    The recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Loeb Prize, David Bisham Medal for Opera, Alice Ditson Award for Opera, Lillian Fairchild Award, and honorary doctorates from Valparaiso University and Wayne State University, Rogers was also a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and ASCAP.

    Rogers died in Rochester, New York on May 24, 1968.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    115-40039 Three Japanese Dances
    1040 Concert Band
    Chamber Ensemble
    416-41053 Allegory
    For Tqo Flutes, Marimba, and Strings – Score
    Chamber Ensemble
    466-00011 Characters From Hans Christian
    13868 Elegy
    from Symphony No. 3 for Chamber Orchestra
    5:00 2Ob. E.H. Str.
    416-41054 The Musicians Of Bremen
    22:00
    13874 The Musicians of Bremen
    for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra
    22:00 Narr.; 2 1 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    13886 Three Drawings from Hans Christian Andersen
    2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    Orchestra
    13859 Africa
    14:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    13863 Anzacs
    8:00 3 3 2 2 – 4 3 2 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    13864 The Colours of War
    6:00 3 2 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc Hp. Str.
    13865 The Dance of Salome
    9:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    13875 New Japanese Dances
    11:30 2 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Cel. Hp. Str.
    13877 The Plains
    14:00 1 1 2 1 – 2 1 0 0; Timp. Str.
    13880 Sailors of Toulon
    10:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    13882 The Song of the Nightingale
    (Suite after Hans Christian Andersen)
    19:00 3 2 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    13883 The Supper at Emmaus
    7:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    13885 Symphony No. 1 (“Adonais”)
    15:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    13861 Two American Frescoes
    11:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 1 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    Orchestra w/ Soloist(s)
    13860 Allegory
    for Marimba, 2 Flutes and Strings
    10:00 Marim. 2Fl. Str.
    13867 Elegy
    (to the Memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt) for Flute, 2 Horns, Timpani, Strings
    8:00
    13869 Fantasia
    for Horn, Timpani and Strings
    11:00 Hn., Timp., Str.
    414-41005 Fantasia for Solo Horn
    13870 Fantasy
    for Flute, Viola and Orchestra
    7:00 Fl. Vla. soli; 1 3 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    13878 Portrait
    for Solo Violin and Orchestra
    23:00 Solo Vln.; 3 2 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    414-41022 Portrait
    For Violin and Orchestra
    ET10 Soliloquy
    Flute, Piano reduction
    21247 Soliloquy
    for Flute and String Orchestra
    6:00 Solo flute; str.
    164-00046 Soliloquy #2
    13881 Soliloquy No. 2
    for Bassoon and String Orchestra
    6:00 Solo Bsn., Str.
    Solo
    114-40106 Sonata
    416-41079 Variations On/Song/Mussorgsky
    13887 Variations on a Song by Moussorgsky
    24:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Vocal / Choral
    13866 Dirge for Two Veterans
    for Mixed Chorus and String Orchestra
    6:30
    312-40713 Dirge for Two Veterans
    S.A.T.B., With Piano
    SATB
    13872 The Light of Man
    for Mixed Chorus, SAB Soloists and Orchestra
    12:30 2 2 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    13876 The Passion
    for Solo Vocal Quartet, Chorus and Orchestra
    45:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    13879 Psalm 114
    for Mixed Chorus and Strings (String Setting by Charles Fussell)
    3:00
    13871 Three Japanese Dances
    10:00 Mezzo-soprano; 3 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Cel. Hp. Str.

  • The Musicians of Bremen
    for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra
    Three Japanese Dances
    for Orchestra

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