Ross Lee Finney
Ross Lee Finney Junior (December 23, 1906–February 4, 1997) was an American composer born in Wells, Minnesota who taught for many years at the University of Michigan. He studied with Nadia Boulanger, Edward Burlingame Hill, Alban Berg (from 1931-2) and Roger Sessions (in 1935).
His students included Leslie Bassett, George Crumb, Burton Beerman, Roger Reynolds, William Albright, Donald Bohlen, Robert Ashley, Robert Morris, Richard Toensing, Stephen Chatman, Rolv Yttrehus, Robert Cogan, Roland Trogan, George Balch Wilson, Philip Krumm, and Donald Harris.
According to the notes for the Composers Recordings, Inc. recording of Finney's second cello sonata (about 1953), Chromatic Fantasy In E for Violoncello Solo (1957) and second piano trio (1954), he received the Rome Prize in 1960 and the Brandeis Medal in 1968. He is quoted in those notes as having begun writing serial music from time to time beginning with his sixth string quartet (a work which uses serial principles but is "in E" on the score), his next work to be composed after the sonata.
Finney died on February 4, 1997, at his home in Carmel, California. He was 90.
Selected worklist 
- For violin and orchestra (1933, revised 1947)
- For saxophone and orchestra (1976)
- Two Piano concertos (one in 1949)
- Concerto for percussion and orchestra (about 1965)
- Orchestral works
- Chamber music
- Eight string quartets
- Three violin sonatas (1934 in C minor, ?, 1957)
- Two cello sonatas (no. 1 from 1941, number two in C published around 1953)
- Six piano sonatas
- Sonatas for viola (at least two, no. 1 published around 1937, no. 2 around 1971)
- Piano trio in E minor (about 1930)
- Piano quartet (1948)
- 2 Piano quintets (second written 1961)
- String quintet (published 1966)
- Quartet for oboe, violoncello, percussion and piano (1979)
- "Spherical Madrigals" (1947)
- "Organ Fantasies" (5)
- "24 Inventions" (for piano)
- Symphony 2 written in 1958 according to the NYPL Ross Lee Finney Collection 1938-86, see References.
- Possibly 1960? See OCLC 79181590. Premiered in 1964 - also see the NYPL References.
- Symphony No. 4 Premiered in May 1973: "List of Boston Symphony Premieres" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-14.[dead link]
- See NYPL finding aid, which has many composition dates
- University of Michigan Record Obituary
- "Ross Lee Finney's Papers Finding Aid" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-22. in the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (includes guide to correspondence with Eugene Ormandy regarding premieres of symphonies 2 and 3, etc.)
- Ross Lee Finney collection sound and video recordings, 1938-1986. in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Contains information not found in the above PDF finding aid.
- Notes to a 1976 and 1981 recording of works by William Bolcom and Ross Lee Finney (available as a Google Cache)
- Kozinn, Allan. "Ross Finney, 90, Composer Of the Modern and Lyrical" New York Times (February 7, 1997) 
Further reading 
- White, John Norman. The solo piano music of Ross Lee Finney : a study of the role of the editor based on the unpublished written correspondence between Finney and John Kirkpatrick, with a detailed examination of the fourth piano sonata. Jacksonville State University. Dissertation. 1974.
- Ross Lee Finney Papers, 1916-1996 Music Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
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