October 9, 2011

Americana - the 99%.

Mid-Century Americana this week in the form of music from a composer I am completely unfamiliar with and whose information seems to be missing from just about everywhere. Stanley Finn is a name new to me and I have searched extensively to find out anything I can about him. This week's Gramophone features the only work I have of Stanley Finn - his Prelude and Dance for Orchestra.

Suffice to say the work was noteworthy enough in that it got the attention and admiration of fellow composers, most notably Roy Harris who leads the ABC Radio Symphony in a recording made roughly around 1946. Listening to the style, I would venture to guess he was either a pupil or colleague of Roy Harris' - but that's speculation.

If anyone has any information on this composer, please let me know and I will post an update.

Further evidence there is a lot that needs to be discovered out there - and probably even more that needs to be identified.

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