Halsey Stevens – Sonata For Violin and Piano (world Premier) – February 15, 1949 –
Music of American composer of the mid-20th century Halsey Stevens tonight. A world premier performance of his Sonata for Violin and Piano, performed at the American Music Festival in New York on February 15, 1949 featuring Maurice Wilk on violin and Bernice Rapkin, piano.
Halsey Stevens wrote extensively for orchestra, various chamber groups, keyboard, and chorus. His music has been played widely throughout the United States and in more than 30 countries. He received commissions from the Louisville Orchestra (Triskelion, 1953, and Sinfonia Breve, 1957), the University of Redlands (Trio No. 3, 1954), the University of Southern California (The Ballad of William Sycamore, 1955), the Fromm Music Foundation and the University of Illinois (Septet, 1957), the San Francisco Symphony (Symphonic Dances, 1958), the New Haven Symphony (Threnos, 1968), the Friends of Lee Gibson (Clarinet Concerto, 1969), the Claude M. Almand Memorial Fund (A Testament of Life, 1959), Sigma Alpha Iota (In te, Domine, speravi, 1962), Pi Kappa Lambda, North Texas State University (Magnificat, 1962), Georgia Southern College (Te Deum, 1967) , the Alchin Fund (Double Concerto, 1973), and the National Endowment for the Arts (Viola Concerto, 1975).
His long list of honors includes two Guggenheim Fellowships (1964-65, 1971-72), Friends of Harvey Gaul Award (1960), National Institute of Arts and Letters Grant (1961), Doctor of Letters degree (honoris causa) from Syracuse University in 1966, USC Distinguished Faculty Award (1973), Ramo Music Faculty Award (1974), and the Abraham Lincoln Award (American Hungarian Foundation, 1978). His recorded music includes Triskelion, Sinfonia Breve, Symphony No. 1, and Symphonic Dances, Sonata for Solo Cello, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Sonata for Tuba and Piano, Concerto for Clarinet, Sonatina for Tuba and Piano, Sonata for Horn and Piano, Partita for Harpsichord, Quintet for Flute, Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, and several choral works.
Here is that world premier performance of the Sonata for Violin and Piano as recorded by WOR and WNYC-FM in New York on February 15, 1949.
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