Bingham, Seth (Daniels)

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Bingham, Seth (Daniels)

Bingham, Seth (Daniels), American organist and composer; b. Bloomfield, N.J., April 16, 1882; d. N.Y., June 21, 1972. He studied with Horatio Parker, and later in Paris with d’Indy, Widor (composition), and Guilmant (organ). Returning to America, he graduated from Yale Univ. (B.A., 1904; M.B., 1908), where he then taught until 1919. He was an instructor and associate prof. at Columbia Univ. until 1954. His music is contrapuntal, occasionally chromatic, and, in later works, highly modal.

Works

DRAMATIC: Opera La Charehenn (1917). ORCH.: Wall Street Fantasy (1912; perf. as Symphonic Fantasy by the N.Y. Phil., Feb. 6, 1916); Memories of France, orch. suite (1920); Wilderness Stone for Narrator, Soli, Chorus, and Orch. (1933); Concerto for Organ and Orch. (Rochester, Oct. 24, 1946); Connecticut Suite for Organ and Strings (Hartford, March 26, 1954). CHAMBER: Tame Animal Tunes for 18 Instruments (1918); Concerto for Brass, Snare Drum, and Organ (Minneapo-lis, July 12, 1954). Organ: Suite (1926); Pioneer America (1928); Harmonies of Florence (1929); Carillon de Château-Thierry (1936); Pastoral Psalms (1938); 12 Hymn-Preludes (1942); Variation Studies (1950); 36 Hymn and Carol Canons (1952).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire