Lockwood, Normand

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Lockwood, Normand

Lockwood, Normand, American composer and teacher; b. N.Y., March 19,1906. He studied at the Univ. of Mich. (1921–24), and with Respighi in Rome (1925–26) and Boulanger in Paris (1926–28); he was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (1929–31). Upon his return to America, he was an instructor in music at the Oberlin (Ohio) Cons. (1932–43); from 1945 to 1953, was a lecturer at Columbia Univ., then at Trinity Univ. in San Antonio (1953–55); later taught at the Univ. of Hawaii and at the Univ. of Ore. (1955–61). In 1961 he was appointed a member of the faculty of the Univ. of Denver; became prof. emeritus in 1974. Lockwood’s compositions are well crafted in an accessible style.


dramatic: Opera: The Scarecrow (N.Y, May 19, 1945); Early Dawn (Denver, Aug. 7, 1961); The Wizards of Balizar (Denver, Aug. 1, 1962); The Hanging Judge (Denver, March 1964); Requiem for a Rich Young Man (Denver, Nov. 24, 1964). orch.: 2 syms. (1935; 1978–79); Moby Dick for Chamber Orch. (1946); 2 concertos for Organ and Brass (1950, 1970); Oboe Concerto (1966); Symphonic Sequences (1966); From an Opening to a Close for Wind Instruments and Percussion (1967); Panegyric for Horn and Strings (1978–79); Concerto for 2 Harps and Strings (1981); Prayers and Fanfares for Brass, Strings, and Percussion (1982). chamber: 7 string quartets (1933–50); Piano Quintet (1940); 6 Serenades for String Quartet (1945); Clarinet Quintet (1960); Sonata for 4 Cellos (1968); Excursions for 4 String Basses (1976); Tripartito for Flute and Guitar (1980); Piano Trio (1985). vocal:The Closing Doxology for Chorus, Symphonic Band, and Percussion (1952); Prairie for Chorus and Orch. (1952); Magnificat for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1954); oratorios, including Children of God (1956; Cincinnati, Feb. 1, 1957), Light out of Darkness (1957), Land of Promise (1960), and For the Time Being (1971); cantatas; choruses; song cycles; solo songs.


K. Norton, N. L: His Life and Music (Metuchen, N.J., 1993).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire