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
    Three Japanese Dances 115-40039 10:40 Concert Band
    Chamber Ensemble
    Allegory
    For Tqo Flutes, Marimba, and Strings – Score
    416-41053 Chamber Ensemble
    Characters From Hans Christian 466-00011
    Elegy
    from Symphony No. 3 for Chamber Orchestra
    13868 5:00 2Ob. E.H. Str.
    The Musicians Of Bremen 416-41054 22:00
    The Musicians of Bremen
    for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra
    13874 22:00 Narr.; 2 1 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Three Drawings from Hans Christian Andersen 13886 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    Orchestra
    Africa 13859 14:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    Anzacs 13863 8:00 3 3 2 2 – 4 3 2 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    The Colours of War 13864 6:00 3 2 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc Hp. Str.
    The Dance of Salome 13865 9:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    New Japanese Dances 13875 11:30::00 2 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Cel. Hp. Str.
    The Plains 13877 14:00 1 1 2 1 – 2 1 0 0; Timp. Str.
    Sailors of Toulon 13880 10:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    The Song of the Nightingale
    (Suite after Hans Christian Andersen)
    13882 19:00 3 2 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    The Supper at Emmaus 13883 7:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Symphony No. 1 (“Adonais”) 13885 15:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Two American Frescoes 13861 11:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 1 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    Orchestra w/ Soloist(s)
    Allegory
    for Marimba, 2 Flutes and Strings
    13860 10:00 Marim. 2Fl. Str.
    Elegy
    (to the Memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt) for Flute, 2 Horns, Timpani, Strings
    13867 8:00
    Fantasia
    for Horn, Timpani and Strings
    13869 11:00 Hn., Timp., Str.
    Fantasia for Solo Horn 414-41005
    Fantasy
    for Flute, Viola and Orchestra
    13870 7:00 Fl. Vla. soli; 1 3 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Portrait
    for Solo Violin and Orchestra
    13878 23:00 Solo Vln.; 3 2 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Portrait
    For Violin and Orchestra
    414-41022
    Soliloquy ET10 6:00 Flute, Piano reduction
    Soliloquy
    for Flute and String Orchestra
    21247 6:00 Solo flute; str.
    Soliloquy #2 164-00046
    Soliloquy No. 2
    for Bassoon and String Orchestra
    13881 6:00 Solo Bsn., Str.
    Solo
    Sonata 114-40106
    Variations On/Song/Mussorgsky 416-41079
    Variations on a Song by Moussorgsky 13887 24:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Vocal / Choral
    Dirge for Two Veterans
    for Mixed Chorus and String Orchestra
    13866 6:30::00
    Dirge for Two Veterans
    S.A.T.B., With Piano
    312-40713 SATB
    The Light of Man
    for Mixed Chorus, SAB Soloists and Orchestra
    13872 12:30::00 2 2 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    The Passion
    for Solo Vocal Quartet, Chorus and Orchestra
    13876 45:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Psalm 114
    for Mixed Chorus and Strings (String Setting by Charles Fussell)
    13879 3:00
    Three Japanese Dances 13871 10:00 Mezzo-soprano; 3 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Cel. Hp. Str.
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  • The Musicians of Bremen
    for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra
    Three Japanese Dances
    for Orchestra

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