Howard Hanson [1896-1981]

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From the small town of Wahoo, Nebraska, Hanson achieved the status of an influential American musician. He studied in New York City before studying at Northwestern University, and then spent three years in Italy as the first American recipient of the Prix de Rome fellowship. Upon returning to the United States in 1924, Hanson conducted his "First (Nordic) Symphony" in Rochester, New York, and was hired by George Eastman to direct his newly endowed Eastman School of Music that year. Hanson remained at Eastman until his death. He was influential in establishing the degree of doctorate of music in composition, and was a great supporter of American composers. His own compositions include choral works, chamber music, songs, organ and piano pieces, symphonies, and opera. Hanson was a leading practitioner of American musical romanticism, and was considered pre-eminent among American composers of his time.

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