Binkerd, Gordon (Ware)

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Binkerd, Gordon (Ware)

Binkerd, Gordon (Ware), American composer and teacher; b. Lynch, Nebr., May 22, 1916. He studied piano in S.Dak., and composition with Rogers at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and with Piston at Harvard Univ. From 1949 to 1971 he was a member of the faculty of the Univ. of 111. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1959.

Works

ORCH 4 syms.: No. 1 (Urbana, March 20, 1955), No. 2 (Urbana, April 13, 1957), No. 3 (N.Y., Jan. 6, 1961), and No. 4 (St. Louis, Oct. 12, 1963; dismembered and reduced to a Movement for Orch.); A Part of Heaven, 2 romances for Violin and Orch. (1972). CHAMBER: Cello Sonata (1952); Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Cello (1955); 2 string quartets (1956, 1961); Violin Sonata (1977); String Trio (1979). Piano: 4 sonatas (1955, 1981, 1982, 1983). VOCAL: Choral works; songs.

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