John J. Becker

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John J. Becker

John Joseph Becker (b. Henderson, Kentucky, January 22, 1886; d. Wilmette, Illinois, January 21, 1961) was an American composer of contemporary classical music. He is grouped together with Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Henry Cowell, and Wallingford Riegger as a member of the "American Five" composers of "ultra-modern" music.

The John J. Becker Papers are held by the Music Division of the New York Public Library.[1] Another collection, the Dr. John J. Becker (1886-1961) Papers, is held at the University of St. Thomas Libraries in Minnesota.[2]


  • The Abongo, for percussion ensemble (1933)
  • Antigone
  • At Dieppe
  • Chinese Miniatures
  • Choral Mass in C Minor
  • City of Shagpat
  • Concerto Arabesque
  • Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
  • Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (1937)
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
  • Concerto Pastoral: A Forest Rhapsodie
  • Etude Primitive
  • Fantasia Tragica
  • Faust
  • Favours of the Moon
  • Four Poems from the Japanese
  • Four Songs
  • Heine Song Cycle
  • I Fear Thy Kisses
  • Improvisation for Organ
  • Jesu Dulcis Memoria
  • Julius Caesar
  • The Lark
  • Life of Man
  • Little Sleeper, voice and string quartet
  • Little Songs
  • Magdalen and Judas
  • A Marriage with Space
  • Martin of Tours
  • Mass in Honor of the Sacred Heart
  • Mass in Unison or Two Parts
  • Mater Admirabilis
  • Memory
  • Missa Symphonica
  • Moments from the Liturgical Year
  • Moments from the Passion
  • Morning Song
  • The Mountains
  • My Little Son, Eighteen Months Old
  • Naomi the Beautiful
  • Nostalgic Songs of the Earth
  • O Domino Mea!
  • Orchestral Sketches
  • Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
  • Pater Noster
  • Piano Quintette, piano and strings
  • The Pool
  • Privilege and Privation
  • Play by Alfred Kreymborg
  • Psalms of Love
  • Queen of Cornwall
  • Satirico
  • Season of Pan
  • Separation on the River Kiang
  • Seven Last Words
  • Sonata in One Movement for Piano
  • Sonate American for Violin and Piano
  • Soundpiece #1 for Piano and Strings
  • Soundpiece #2 "Homage to Haydn" for String Orchestra
  • Soundpiece #3
  • Soundpiece #4
  • Soundpiece #5, A Short Sonata for Piano
  • Soundpiece #6, A Short Sonata in One Movement for Flute and Clarinet
  • Soundpiece #8
  • Stars About the Lovely Moon
  • The Snow Goose, Legend of the Second World War, A Passacaglia - Tone *Poem for Large Orchestra
  • Symphony #1
  • Symphony #2, Fantasia Tragica, A Short Symphony in One Movement
  • Symphony #3, Symphonia Brevis
  • Symphony #4
  • Symphony #5, Homage to Mozart in Two Movements
  • Symphony #6
  • Symphony #7
  • Taking Leave of a Friend
  • Tantum Ergo
  • The Tempest
  • Two Architectural Impressions
  • Two Simple Songs
  • Two Songs for Voice and Piano
  • Unison Mass in Honor of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat
  • Vigilanti
  • When the Willow Nods
  • You and I
  • You Are Not Here This April

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