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Howard Hanson

Romantic symphonist

Born October 28, 1896, Wahoo, Nebraska
Died February 26, 1981, Rochester, New York
About Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson was in his day considered the most important of American composers. Since his death interest in his neo-romantic music has waned, but he has never fully disappeared from the repretoire, especially his symphonies in the high romantic style. His only opera, Merry Mount, was one of the Met's most successful essays into new American works in the thirties, both artistically and with the public: at its premiere, the opera recieved a total of fifty curtain calls, still a house record. Hanson was also an important musical educator and helped promote the music of such composers as Roy Harris and Jack Beeson.

  • Merry Mount, opera in three acts of six scenes
    Libretto by Richard L. Stokes after the story The Maypole of Merry Mount by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    February 10, 1934, Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Howard Hanson at Amazon.com

Orchestral suite from Merry Mount


Howard Hanson

The Composer and His Orchestra

Rochester Orchestra/Hanson

CD / Polygram 434370 (1996)

"Oh, 'tis an Earth defiled" from Merry mount ((Lawrence Tibbett))


Four American Baritones of the Past

CD / Preiser 89957 (1999)

Orchestral suite from Merry Mount


Howard Hanson

Orchestral Works, Volume 1

Nashville Symphony/Schermerhorn

CD / Naxos 559072 (2000)

"Oh, 'tis an Earth defiled" from Merry mount (Lawrence Tibbett)


Souvenirs from American Opera

CD / IRCC 818 (1998)

Orchestral suite from Merry Mount


Howard Hanson

Conducts Hanson

Mormon Youth Chorus and Symphony/Hanson

CD / Citadel 88110 (1995)

"Oh, 'tis an Earth defiled" from Merry mount


Lawrence Tibbett: From Broadway to Hollywood

CD / Nimbus NI7881 (1999)

Orchestral suite from Merry Mount


Howard Hanson

Conducts Hanson

CD / Biddulph Conductor Series 38 (1997)

"Oh, 'tis an Earth defiled" from Merry mount ((Lawrence Tibbett))


Lawrence Tibbett

The Stanford Archive Series: Lawrence Tibbett

CD / Delos 5500 (1997)

Orchestral suite from Merry Mount


Howard Hanson

Symphony No. 4

Seattle Symphony/Schwartz 1991

CD / Delos 3105 (1991)

Last update: January 1, 2009