| Leo Sowerby|
| Pulitzer Prize for Music|
| July 7, 1968, Port Clinton, Ohio, United States|
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Leo Sowerby Wikipedia
Leo Salkeld Sowerby (May 1, 1895 – July 7, 1968), American composer and church musician, was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1946, and was often called the “Dean of American church music” in the early to mid 20th century.
Leo Sowerby, son of Florence Gertrude Salkeld and John Sowerby, was born on May 1, 1895, in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Anon. 1900), where he began to compose at the age of ten. His interest in the organ began at the age of 15, he was self-taught at the instrument. He studied composition with Arthur Olaf Andersen at the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago (Gleason n.d.). Early recognition came when his Violin Concerto was premiered in 1913 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Stalford & Meckna 2001). He spent time in France during World War I in the role of bandmaster (Gleason n.d.). In 1921 he was awarded the Rome Prize (from the American Academy in Rome), the first composer to receive this. He joined the American Conservatory of Music as faculty in 1924 (Gleason n.d.). In addition he received the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his cantata, the Canticle of the Sun, written in 1944 (Stalford & Meckna 2001; Anon. n.d.)
In 1927 he became organist-choirmaster at St James’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, which was consecrated as a cathedral while he was there (1955). Previously, Sowerby was associate organist at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago (1919).
In 1962, after his retirement from St James’s, he was called to Washington National Cathedral to become the founding director of the College of Church Musicians, a position he held until his death in 1968 (Stalford & Meckna 2001). He died in Port Clinton, Ohio, while at Camp Wa-Li-Ro, in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the summer choir camp where he had taught for many years. He is buried in the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., United States (Tipton 2012).
His substantial output includes over 500 works in every genre but opera and ballet (Stalford & Meckna 2001). His later works, done at St James's, Chicago, and Washington Cathedral, are primarily church music for choir and organ. For Sowerby's notable pupils See: List of music students by teacher: R to S#Leo Sowerby.Cantatas
A Liturgy of Hope (selections from the Psalms) (1917)
The Vision of Sir Launfal (poem of James Russell Lowell (1925)
Forsaken of Man (Passion setting, adapted from the Gospels by Edward Borgers) (1939)
The Canticle of the Sun (St Francis of Assisi) (1944)
Christ Reborn, for voices and organ (1950)
The Throne of God (Book of Revelation), for voices and orchestra (1956)
The Ark of the Covenant, for voices and organ (1961)
"Ad te levavi animam meam"
"Behold, O God our Defender"
"Christians, to the Paschal Victim"
"Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire"
"I was glad when they said unto me" (Psalm 122)
"I will lift up mine eyes" (Psalm 121)
"Love Came Down at Christmas"
"Now There Lightens Upon Us"
"Thy Word is a lantern" (in memory of President John F. Kennedy)
"Seeing We Also Are Compassed About" (Hebrews 12:1-2, commissioned by the Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir in the fall of 1957)
Originally published by H. W. Gray, reprinted by the Leo Sowerby Foundation, Bryn Mawr, Pa., Theodore Presser, sole selling agent, 1996.The Edge of Dreams, song cycle, with piano (Mark Turbyfill), H. 154 (1920)
"I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes", with organ (Psalm 121), H. 147
"O God of Light" (Matthew 5:13–16) (1934)
"O Jesus, Lord of Mercy" (1934)
" Perfect Love" (D. F. Gurney), H. 237 (1939)
"Thou Art My Strength", with organ (Psalm 30)
Three Psalms for bass and organ, H 189 (1949)
- "The Adventurer"
- "Pulse of Spring"
- "The Forest of Dead Trees"
- "O Love that has Come at All"
Three Psalms for baritone or contralto and organ, H. 228
- "Hear My Cry, O God" (Psalm 61)
- "The Lord Is My Shepherd" (Psalm 23)
- "How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me?"
Comes Autumn Time (1916)
Requiescat in Pace (1920)
Symphony in G (1930)
Prelude on "The King's Majesty" (1945)
Canon, Chacony, & Fugue (1948)
Ten Hymn Preludes (published separately; 1950s)
Sinfonia Brevis (1965)
Elevation, for violin and organ (1912)
Ballade, for English horn and organ (1949)
Festival Musick for organ, brass and timpani (1953)
Toccata on 'A.G.O.' (third movement of Festival Musick)
Fantasy, for trumpet and organ (1962)
No. 1 (1921)
No. 2 (1927)
No. 3 (1939–40)
No. 4 (1944–47)
No. 5 (1964)
Comes Autumn Time, "program overture" (organ version 1916; orchestrated 1917)
From the Northland, suite for orchestra (1923)
Prairie, symphonic poem for orchestra (1929)
A Set of Four: A Suite of Ironics, published in 1931
Violin Concerto in G major (1913, revised 1924)
Cello Concerto in A major (1914–16)
Piano Concerto no. 1 (1916, revised 1919)
Ballad of King Estmere, for two pianos and orchestra (1922)
Medieval Poem, for organ and orchestra (1926)
Cello Concerto [no. 2] in E minor (1929–34)
Piano Concerto no. 2 (1932)
Organ Concerto no. 1 (1937)
Classic Concerto, for organ and string orchestra (1944)
Concerto in C, for organ and orchestra
Concert Piece, for organ and orchestra (1951)
Three Violin Sonatas
No. 1 in A major
No. 2 in B-flat major (1922)
No. 3 in D major
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1920)
Sonata for Viola and Piano (also playable on clarinet)
Piano Trio in C-sharp minor
Serenade for string quartet in G major published 1921
Wind Quintet (1916, published in 1931)
Piano Sonata in D Major (1948, rev. 1964)
Passacaglia for piano
Sonata for trumpet and piano (1958)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1944)
"Impressions: Music for Piano" (Suites: "Florida" and "From the Northland" Folksong and Country Dance Tunes: "Three Folk-tunes from Somerset", "Money Musk", "Fisherman's Tune", "The Irish Washerwoman: A Country Dance Tune", "L'Amour Di Quei Due (The Two Lovers): A Milanese Popular Song") - Malcolm Halliday, pianist : (Troy 226), Albany: Troy Records, 1997 Records
My Love Unspoken (21 songs), (Troy 196), Albany: Troy Records, 1996 (with Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, and Malcolm Halliday, pianist; John Yaffé, producer).
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes - The Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale & Roberts Wesleyan Brass Ensemble, Robert Shewan, conductor - (Troy 238), Albany NY: Troy Records, 1997
Leo Sowerby: American Master of Sacred Song - Gloriae Dei Cantores, Elizabeth Patterson, conductor; David Chalmers, James E. Jordan, jr., organists - Orleans MA: Paraclete Press, (GDCD 016), 1994
Organ Music of Leo Sowerby (Symphony in G, Requiescat in pace, Fantasy for Flute Stops) - Catharine Crozier, organ - Chatsworth CA: Delos International, (D/CD 3075), 1988
Leo Sowerby: Works for Organ and Orchestra (Classic Concerto, Medieval Poem, Pageant, Festival Music) - David Craighead, David Mulbury, organ; The Fairfield Orchestra, John Welsh, conductor - NAXOS 8.559028
Violin & Organ, The Murray/Lohuis Duo (Poem) - Robert Murray, Violin, Ardyth Lohuis, organ - Richmond, VA: Raven Recordings, (OAR 200), 1991
Rondo, Works for Violin & Organ, Vo. 2 (Ballade) - Robert Murray, Violin, Ardyth Lohuis, organ - Richmond, VA: Raven Recordings, (OAR 230), 1993
Leo Sowerby: Music for Violin and Piano (Sonata in B-Flat, H165; Sonata in D, H 367; Two American Pieces, H 174) - Robert Murray, Violin; Gail Quillman, Piano - New York, NY: Premier Recordings, Inc., (PRCD 1049), 1995
All American, Works for Violin and Organ, Volume 5 (Elevation, H 66) - Robert Murray, Violin, Ardyth Lohuis, organ - Richmond, VA: Raven Recordings, (OAR 650), 2003
- "Whoso Dwelleth" (Psalm 91)
- "O Be Joyful in the Lord" (Psalm 100)
- "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes" (Psalm 121)
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