Wayne Barlow

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Wayne Brewster[1][2] Barlow (b. Elyria, Ohio, September 6, 1912; d. Rochester, NY, December 17, 1996) was an American composer of classical music. He was also a professor of music, organist, and choir director.

Barlow received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music, majoring in composition and theory and becoming in 1937 the first American to receive a doctorate in music composition.[3] He also studied with Arnold Schoenberg in California, as well as with Myron Schaeffer, the director of the Electronic Music Laboratory at the University of Toronto.[4][5] He served as a professor at the Eastman School of Music from 1937 to 1978, where he directed the Electronic Music Studio from 1968 to 1978, and also served as Dean of Graduate Studies from 1973 to 1978. From 1978 to 1996 he held the position of Emeritus Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music. His notable students include James Cohn, Lucrecia Kasilag, Samuel Jones, Martin Mailman and Don Freund.

Among his best-known compositions is The Winter's Past[6], for oboe and string orchestra.

He died at the age of 84.

Selected works[edit]

  • False faces, Choral Ballet in a prologue and 2 scenes (1935); libretto by Leone Coffer
  • Three Moods for Dancing, Ballet (1940)
  • Nocturne for small orchestra (1946)
  • Rondo-Overture (1947)
  • Sinfonia da camera (1960)
  • Vistas (1963)
  • Rota for chamber orchestra (1959)
  • Hampton Beach, Overture (1971)
  • Soundscapes for orchestra and tape (1972)
  • Night Song (1956)
  • De Profundis, Symphonic Poem
  • The Winter's Passed for oboe and string orchestra (1940)
  • Lyrical Piece for clarinet and string orchestra (1947)
  • Images for harp and chamber orchestra (1963)
Chamber music
  • Intrada, Fugue and Postlude for brass ensemble (1960)
  • Elegy for viola and piano (1967)
  • Intermezzo for viola and harp (1980)
  • Prelude, Air and Variation for bassoon, string quartet and piano
  • Piano Quintet
  • Triptych for string quartet
  • Impressionist (1940)
  • Dynamisms for 2 pianos (1966)
  • Prelude in E
  • Piano Sonata
  • Three Christmas Tunes (1960)
  • Four Chorale Voluntaries (1981)
  • Zion in Exile, Cantata for soprano, tenor, baritone and bass soli, mixed chorus and orchestra (1937)
  • Madrigal for a Bright Morning for mixed chorus (1942); words by John R. Slater
  • The Twenty-Third Psalm for mixed chorus and organ (1943)
  • Poems for Music, Four Songs for soprano and orchestra (1958); poems by Robert Hillyer
  • Diversify the Abyss for male chorus and piano (1963); words by Hyam Plutzik
  • Missa Sanctis Thomae for unison voices (1963)
  • We All Believe in One True God for mixed chorus, brass quartet (ad libitum) and organ (1968); words by Tobias Clausnitzer
  • Voices of Darkness for reader, piano, percussion and tape (1974)
  • Voices of Faith for soprano solo, narrator, mixed chorus and orchestra (1975)
  • Three Songs after Shakespeare for soprano and piano


  • Foundations of Music.


  1. ^ W. Thomas Marrocco and Mary Wallace Davidson, "Barlow, Wayne (Brewster)", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London: Macmillan Publishers, 2001)
  2. ^ Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Kuhn, and Dennis McIntire, "Barlow, Wayne (Brewster)", Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, eighth edition, edited by Nicolas Slonimsky and Laura Kuhn (New York: Schirmer Books, 2001).
  3. ^ http://www.esm.rochester.edu/places/portraits/barlow.php
  4. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/q379
  5. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:hEKc44ojZXgJ:issuu.com/bmcarchives/docs/bmc_1982_overture+%22wayne+barlow%22+elyria&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
  6. ^ "Rochester, N.Y., Holds Annual Music Festival," Chicago Daily Tribune, May 19, 1940, p. F2

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