Daniel Pinkham (1923–2006) — Bells (2001) for organ
American composer Daniel Pinkham (1923–2006) was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. He studied organ and harmony at Phillips Academy, Andover, with Carl F. Pfatteicher; then at Harvard with A. Tillman Merritt, Walter Piston, Archibald T. Davison and Aaron Copland (A.B. 1942; M.A. 1944). Pinkham also studied harpsichord with Putnam Aldrich and Wanda Landowska, and organ with E. Power Biggs. At Tanglewood he studied composition with Arthur Honegger and Samuel Barber, and subsequently with Nadia Boulanger. Pinkham spent his active career as a composer, organist, harpsichordist, teacher (primarily at the New England Conservatory), and conductor in the Boston, Massachusetts area, serving for 42 years (1958–2000) as music director at historic King’s Chapel. He was the recipient of six honorary degrees, was named Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists in 1990, and received the 1996 Alfred Nash Patterson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the choral arts. As a composer, Pinkham produced a very large catalog of works in all musical genres, including four symphonies, numerous concerti, theater works and chamber operas, and much chamber, choral, vocal, and solo music.
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