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SESSIONS, Roger
b Brooklyn, New York, 28 December1896
d Princeton, NJ, 16 March 1985 aged eighty-nine

He entered Harvard at the age of fourteen and, after graduating, went on to Yale. He taught theory at Smith College from 1917 to 1921, then became Bloch's assistant at Cleveland Conservatory. From 1925 to 1933 he lived mainly in Europe, and returned to the USA to teach at Princeton from 1935 to 1944. He was professor of music at the University of California at Berkeley from 1944 to 1952, and at Princeton from 1953 to 1965. From 1966 to 1967 he was Bloch Professor at Berkeley, was Norton Professor at Harvard from 1968 to 1969, and taught at the Juillard School. He has received a great number of honours.

1923 (27)

The Black Maskers, incidental music

1927 (31)

Symphony No 1

1930 (34)

Piano Sonata No 1

1935 (39)

Violin Concerto with orchestra which includes five clarinets but no violins

1936 (40)

String Quartet No 1

1938 (42)

Scherzino and March, for orchestra

1939 (43)

Pages from a Diary (From My Diary), for piano

1941-63 (45-67)

Montezuma, opera

1942 (46)

Duo for violin and piano

1944-6 (48-50)

Symphony No 2

1946 (50)

Piano Sonata No 2

1947 (51)

fp The Trial of Lucullus, opera

1951 (55)

String Quartet No 2

1953 (57)

Sonata for solo violin

1954 (58)

The Idyll of Theocritus, for soprano and orchestra

1955 (59)

Mass for unison male voices and organ

1956 (60)

Piano Concerto

1957 (61)

Symphony No 3

1958 (62)

Symphony No 4

String Quintet

1960 (64)

Divertimento for orchestra

1963 (67)

Psalm

140, for soprano with organ or orchestra

1964 (68)

Symphony No 5

1965 (69)

Piano Sonata No 3

1966 (70)

Symphony no 6

Six Pieces for cello

1967 (71)

Symphony No 7

1968 (72)

Symphony No 8

1970 (74)

Rhapsody, for orchestra

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd,cantata

1971 (75)

Concerto for viola and cello

1971-2 (75-6)

Three Choruses on Biblical Texts

1972 (76)

Concertino for chamber orchestra

1975 (79)

Five Pieces for chamber orchestra

1982 (86)

Concerto for orchestra

Undated Symphony No 9

Concertino for chamber orchestra

Turn, O Libertad, for chorus and orchestra

Idyll of Theocritus, for soprano and orchestra

See also MusicWeb page on Sessions
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