Hanson Howard Harold
Bartók, Béla Viktor János
Bennet, Richard Rodney
Bozza, Eugène Joseph
Dahl, Walter Ingolf Marcus
Del Tredici, David
Griffes, Charles Tomlinson
Guarnieri, Mozart Camargo
Hanson, Howard Harold
Hüe, Georges Adolphe
Kennan, Kent Wheeler
La Montaine, John
Messiaen, Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles
Williams, Ralph Vaughan
Serenade for flute and piano (Op. 35)
H. Hanson: Serenade for Flute and Piano (Op. 35) was written in 1945 as a wedding present (rather marriage proposal since he couldn't find the words to propose) to Hanson's wife Margaret ("To Peggy."). Originally this marriage proposal was written as Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings. The Flute and Piano version was arranged by Hanson in 1948.
Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Chosei Komatsu (conductor), 2003, Marquis Classics
Brian Gilmore (piano), 2020, recorded at Princeton, NJ
Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was an American composer, conductor and teacher. In 1921 Hansen was the first winner of the Prix de Rome in Music, the newly established Rome Prize of American Academy in Rome. In 1924 Hanson was chosen to build and lead the Eastman School of Music. He held the post of director at the school for 40 years, creating one of the best music schools in US. In 1931 Hansen established Festival of American Music, annual weeklong concert festival that was available free to public.
Besides very active teaching and conducting career, Howard Hansen was a prolific composer. Hansen's Neo-Romantic style of composition was greatly shaped and influenced during his three years stay in Rome where he had time to profoundly study works of O. Respighi, R. Wagner, J. Sibelius and M. Mussorgsky. Among his most important works: five symphonies (from which Symphony No. 4 "Requiem" won Pulitzer Prize in 1944), opera Merry Mount and various chamber music works.