La Luce Eterna
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A more romantic, lyrical side of Francis Thorne is revealed in these compositions.

Preeminent in the American musical landscape not only as an artist but also as an administrator, Francis Thorne was born in Bay Shore, New York in 1922. A self-taught jazz pianist, he had hoped for a professional career in music but was deterred by active naval duty in World War II, a young family to support and a dismissive appraisal at Yale by the redoubtable Paul Hindemith. So for several years he worked on Wall Street, like his stockbroker father, and kept music essentially a hobby until a serendipitous recommendation from Duke Ellington led to a number of prestigious jazz engagements. With this rekindling of his musical ambitions, he ultimately traveled to Florence, Italy, studying under the American composer David Diamond, and remained there with his family until 1964. Thorne has served as executive director of the American Composers Alliance and helped organize the American Composers Orchestra and served for many years as its president. His many compositions ranging from symphonies to solo pieces reveal a love of tonality-based chromaticism, uniting the European musical heritage with the jazz tradition native to America.
Francis Thorne, composer
Rhapsodic Variations, No. 7
Michael Boriskin, piano

Francis Thorne, composer
Nature Studies
Jubal Trio

Francis Thorne, composer
La luce eterna
Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia; Glen Cortese, conductor; Christina Arethas, soprano

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