Paul Creston

Fellow: Awarded 1938

Field of Study: Music Composition

Fellow: Awarded 1939

Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 10-10-1906

Died: 08-24-1985

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1937–38:

(Image: Photograph by Chidnoff)

CRESTON, PAUL:  Appointed for creative work in musical composition; tenure, twelve months from June 1, 1938.

Born October 10, 1906, in New York City.

Organist and choirmaster, 1934—, St. Malachy’s Church, New York City.

Principal compositions:  Three Poems from Walt Whitman, for Cello and Piano, performed by Ann Drittell, New York City, 1934  and 1937; Four Songs to Death, performed by Alli Ronka, New York City, 1935; Suite for Saxophone and Piano, performed by Cecil Leeson, New York City, 1936 and 1937, and on tour, 1936; String Quartet, performed by Phil-Sym Quartet at the Yaddo Festival, 1936, by the New String Quartet, New York City, 1937, and by the Roth Quartet at the Contemporary American Music Festival of Westminster Choir School, Princeton, New Jersey, 1937; Three Sonnets for Voice and Piano, performed by Pauline Pierce at the Composers’ Forum-Laboratory, New York City, 1937; Partita for Flute and Violin with String Orchestra, performed at the Yaddo Festival, 1937; Suite for Viola and Piano, performed by Julius Shaier, New York City, 1938.

Publications:  Seven Theses for Piano, 1935; Suite for Saxophone and Piano, 1938.

Recordings:  Suite for Saxophone and Piano, recorded for New Music Quarterly Recordings, 1937.