Burrill Phillips

Burrill Phillips

Fellow: Awarded 1942
Field of Study: Music Composition
Fellow: Awarded 1961
Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Education: Eastman School of Music

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1941–42:

PHILLIPS, BURRILL.  Appointed for creative work in musical composition; tenure, twelve months from September 1, 1942.

Born November 9, 1907, Omaha, Nebraska.  Education:  Denver College of Music, 1924–28; Eastman School of Music, Mus. B., 1932, M.M., 1933; Eastman School of Music Teaching Fellow, 1932–33.

Instructor in Department of Theory and Composition, 1934–42, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.

Performances:  Grotesque Dance, performed by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1932, and Manhattan Symphony Orchestra, David Mannes conducting, 1933, also broadcast over WOR, 1933; Princess and Puppet, ballet, performed by Rochester Civic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1933; Selections from McGuffey’s Reader, suite for orchestra, performed at American Festival by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1934, Denver Civic Symphony Orchestra, Horace Tureman conducting, 1936, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1936, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, for broadcast over WJZ, 1937, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1937, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1937, Rochester Civic Orchestra, Guy F. Harrison conducting, 1939; Symphony Concertante for small orchestra, performed at the American Festival, Rochester, New York, by the Eastman School Little Symphony Orchestra, Karl Van Hoesen conducting, 1935, Pro Musica Orchestra, Nicolas Slonimsky conducting, Denver, Colorado, 1935, Bemidji College Symphony Orchestra, Milton Dietrich conducting, 1939, Little Symphony Society of Philadelphia, Arthur Cohn conducting, 1939 and 1941; Three Informalities, suite for piano, performed by Vernon Sheffield, 1938; Courthouse Square, performed at American Festival by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1936, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting, 1937, Rochester Civic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1937, Eastman School Orchestra, 1937; Play Ball, ballet, performed at American Festival by Rochester Civic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1938; Trio for Trumpets, performed by Eastman School of Music Ensemble, 1938 and 1939, and by Drake University Ensemble, 1941; Piece for Six Trombones, performed by Eastman School of Music Ensemble, 1941; Ten Divertimenti, suite for piano, performed at Composers Forum Laboratory, New York, 1940; Music for Strings, suite for string orchestra, performed by Rochester Civic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1939, and broadcast over NBC network, 1939; String Quartet, performed at League of Composers concert, New York Public Library, by Galimir String Quartet, 1940, and CBS radio quartet, for broadcast, 1941; Concert Piece for Bassoon and Strings, performed at American Festival, by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1940; Three Satiric Fragments, for orchestra and dancer, performed at American Festival, by Rochester Civic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1941.

Musical publications:  Selections from McGuffey’s Reader, suite for orchestra, 1937, Eastman School of Music Publication; Concert Piece for Bassoon and Strings, 1940, Eastman School of Music Publication.

Recordings:  Concert Piece for Bassoon and Strings, recorded for R.C.A.-Victor, by Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, Vincent Pezzi soloist, 1941.

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