Orchestral Music of John Duffy
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Highly energetic, colorful orchestral works by a well-known film and TV composer.

As founder and president (1974-1995) of Meet The Composer, an Organization dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of music by American composers, John Duffy initiated countless programs to advance American music and to aid American composers. But there is another side to John Duffy. He has composed more than 300 works for symphony Orchestra, theater, television and film. He grew up in the Bronx, one of 14 children of Irish immigrant parents. He studied with Copland, Cowell, Dallapiccola and Solomon Rosowsky whom he credits with insisting uncompromisingly on learning the craft of music composition and developing the discipline and patience necessary to the art. The Heritage music on this disc is a reissue of the music on the old ASV disc which has been long unavailable. The performance of the Symphony No. 1 is a new one and is different from the one that appears on Koss Classics. Heritage, Fanfare and Chorale, Heritage Suite for Orchestra and Heritage Symphonic Dances have all been drawn by Mr. Duffy from the score he composed for the nine-hour PBS series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. This wonderful, stirring music earned for Mr. Duffy an Emmy. The Chicago Tribune called the music "haunting, memorable and brilliant." The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club, Gibbs Smith, president, commissioned Symphony No. 1 in order to draw attention to the endangered, pristine wilderness lands of southern Utah. The score is dedicated to Mr. Smith and the Sierra Club. The Symphony was premiered by Paul Connelly and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City on November 29, 1989. Mr. Duffy's tuneful, energetic music should find a large and welcome audience.
Contents:
John Duffy, composer
Heritage Fanfare and Chorale
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Williams, conductor

John Duffy, composer
Heritage Suite for Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Williams, conductor

John Duffy, composer
Symphony No. 1: Utah
Utah Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Silverstein, conductor

John Duffy, composer
Heritage Symphonic Dances
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Williams, conductor

Review:
"John Duffy is a versatile composer principally known for his work in theater and television. Most of this disc is devoted to music derived from his score for the nine-part PBS series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. The disc opens with the Heritage Fanfare, a distinctly Coplandesque curtain- and roof-raiser dominated by brass and percussion....The ensuing movements of the Suite, however, are very pleasant and tuneful, combining an attractive lyricism with colorful Orchestration and, appropriately, a good deal of Jewish flavoring....The performances seem to be excellent, and the recorded sound, for both the London and Utah Orchestras, is very good." (Fanfare)
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