Rhodes, Phillip (Carl)

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Rhodes, Phillip (Carl)

Rhodes, Phillip (Carl) , American composer and teacher; b. Forest City, N.C., June 6, 1940. He studied composition with Klenz and Hamilton at Duke Univ. (B.A., 1962), and then was a student of Martino and Powell (composition) and of Schuller and Perle (theory) at Yale Univ. (M.M., 1966). He served as composer-in-residence in the Cicero (Ill.) Public Schools (1966–68), of the City of Louisville (1969–72), and for the State of Ky. Arts Board (1972–74). In 1974 he joined the faculty of Carleton Coll. in Northfield, Minn., where he was composer-in-residence and the Andrew W. Mellon Prof. of the Humanities.


DRAMATIC: Opera: The Gentle Boy (1980; rev. 1987); The Magic Pipe (1989). Ballet : About Faces (1970). ORCH. : The Lament of Michal for Soprano and Orch. (1970); Divertimento for Small Orch. (1971); Concerto for Bluegrass Band and Orch. (1974); Reels and Reveries (1991). Wind Ensemble/band : Remembrance for Band (1967); Three Pieces for Band (1967); Ceremonial Fanfare and Chorale for 2 Brass Choirs (1977); Cosmic Fantasies for Band (1984; rev. 1999). CHAMBER : Duo for Violin and Cello (1968); Autumn Setting for Soprano and String Quartet (1969); Museum Pieces for Clarinet and String Quartet (1973); Quartet for Flute, Violin, Cello, and Harp (1975); Reflections: Eight Fantasies for Piano (1977); Partita for Viola (1978); Visions of Remembrance for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, and 12 Instruments (1979); Fiddletunes for Violin and Tape (1996); Two Appalachian Settings for String Quartet (2000). VOCAL: Choral : Witticisms and Lamentations From the Graveyard (1972); Christmas Cantata: “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” for Chorus, Soprano, Tenor, Wind Quartet, and Harp (1976); Wind Songs for Treble Choir and Orff Instrumentarium (1979); Ad Honorem Stravinsky (1981); Dancing Songs for Treble Choir and Orff Instrumentarium (1985); Nets to Catch the Wind for Chorus and Percussion (1986); Chorale and Meditation for Women’s Voices and Organ (1994); Three Appalachian Settings for Chorus and Violin (2000). Oratorio : From Paradise Lost (1972). OTHER : Five Songs on Children’s Poems for High Voice and Piano (1972); Mountain Songs for Soprano and Piano (1976); Mary’s Lullaby for Soprano, Violin, and Organ (1993).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire