Frackenpohl, Arthur (Roland)

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Frackenpohl, Arthur (Roland)

Frackenpohl, Arthur (Roland), American composer and teacher; b. Irvington, N.J., April 23, 1924. He studied with Rogers at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.A., 1947; M.A., 1949), took courses with Milhaud at the Berkshire Music Center in Tangle-wood (summer, 1948) and with Boulanger in Fontainebleau (1950), and then completed his studies at McGill Univ. in Montreal (D.M.A., 1957). He became a teacher at the Crane School of Music at the State Univ. of N.Y. at Potsdam (1949); was a prof, there (1961–85). He publ. Harmonization at the Piano (1962; 6th ed., 1990).


CHAMBER Opera: Domestic Relations (“To Beat or Not to Beat”), after O. Henry (1964). ORCH.: Allegro giocoso for Band (1956); A Jubilant Overture (1957); Allegro scherzando (1957); Overture (1957); Sym. for Strings (1960); Largo and Allegro for Horn and Strings (1962); Short Overture (1965); Concertino for Tuba and Strings (1967); Suite for Trumpet and Strings (1970); American Folk Song Suite for Band (1973); Flute Waltz for 3 Flutes and Orch. (1979); Concerto for Brass Quintet and Strings (1986). CHAMBER: Brass Quartet (1950); 2 brass quintets (1963, 1972); Trombone Quartet (1967); Brass Trio (1967); String Quartet (1971); Breviates for Brass Ensemble (1973); Trio for Oboe, Horn, and Bassoon (1982); Tuba Sonata (1983); piano pieces. VOCAL: The Natural Superiority of Men, cantata for Women’s Voices and Piano (1962); (7) Essays on Women, cantata for Soloists, Chorus, and Piano (1967); Meet Job, 3 litanies for 4 Voices and Winds (1978); A Child This Day, cantata for Soloists, Chorus, Narrator, Brass Quartet, and Organ (1980); Mass for Chorus and Orch. (1990); song cycles.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire