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PISTON, Walter
b Rocklands, Maine, 20 January 1894
d Belmont, Massachusetts, 12 November 1976, aged eighty-two

He taught himself violin and piano and played in theatre orchestras and dance bands. His main studies were in draughtsmanship and architecture. During World War I he played saxophone in a Navy band. He entered Harvard University in 1920 and after graduating in 1924 he went to Paris to study with Boulanger and Dukas. In 1926 he returned to the USA and a position at Harvard teaching there until 1960. He won many prizes and honours, and his books on harmony, counterpoint and orchestration have received international acclaim.

1926 (32)

Three Pieces for flute, clarinet and bassoon

Piano Sonata

1927 (33)

Symphonic Piece

1929 (35)

Suite No 1 for orchestra

1930 (36)

Flute Sonata

1931 (37)

Suite for oboe and piano

1933 (39)

Concerto for orchestra

String Quartet No 1

1934 (40)

Prelude and Fugue for orchestra

1935 (41)

String Quartet No 2

Piano Trio No 1

1937 (43)

Symphony No 1

Concertino, for piano and chamber orchestra

1938 (44)

The Incredible Flutist, ballet

1939 (45)

Violin Concerto No 1

Violin Sonata

1940 (46)

Chromatic Study for organ

1941 (47)

Sinfonietta for orchestra

1942 (48)

Fanfare for the Fighting French

Flute Quintet

Interlude, for viola and piano

1943 (49)

Symphony No 2

Prelude and Allegro for organ and strings

Passacaglia for piano

1944 (50)

Fugue on a Victory Tune

Partita for violin, viola and organ

1945 (51)

Sonata for violin and harpsichord

1946 (52)

Divertimento for nine instruments

1947 (53)

Symphony No 3

String Quartet No 3

1948 (54)

Suite No 2 for orchestra

Toccata for orchestra

1949 (55)

Piano Quintet

Duo for violin and cello

1950 (56)

Symphony No 4

1951 (57)

String Quartet No 4

1952 (58)

Fantasy, for English horn, harp and strings

1954 (60)

Symphony No 5

1955 (61)

Symphony No 6

1956 (62)

Serenata, for orchestra

Quintet for wind

1957 (63)

Viola Concerto

1958 (64)

Psalm and Prayer of David, for chorus and seven instruments

1959 (65)

Three New England Sketches, for orchestra

Concerto for two pianos and orchestra

1960 (66)

Violin Concerto No 2

Symphony No 7

1961 (67)

Symphonic Prelude

1962 (68)

Lincoln Center, festival overture

String Quartet No 5

1963 (69)

Variations on a theme by Edward Burlingame Hill, for orchestra

Capriccio, for harp and string orchestra

1964 (70)

Sextet for stringed instruments

Piano Quartet

1965 (71)

Symphony No 8

Pine Tree Fantasy, for orchestra

1966 (72)

Variations for cello and orchestra

Piano Trio No 2

1967 (73)

Clarinet Concerto

Ricercare, for orchestra

1969 (75)

Ceremonial Fanfare, for wind

1970 (76)

Fantasia, for violin and orchestra

1971 (77)

Flute Concerto

1973 (79)

Duo for cello and piano

1976 (82)

Concerto for string quartet, woodwind and percussion

 

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