Thomas Jefferson Anderson

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About

T. J. Anderson was born in 1928 in Pennsylvania and went on to receive degrees from multiple established Universities across the country including West Virginia State College, Penn State University, and the University of Iowa, as well as several honorary degrees.

After his education he went on to be the Chairman of the Department of Music at Tufts University for 8 years, going on to become Austin Fletcher Professor of Music.

During his education he was able to study competition with George Ceiga, Philip Bezanson, Richard Hervig, and Darius Milhaud.

He has many awards and honors to his name including commissions from Yo Yo am, the National Endowment for the Arts, Harvard University, Fisk University, and the Berkshire Music Center. He recieved a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and a Rockefeller Center Foundation Grant. He is one of the founders and the first president of the of the National Black Music Caucus.

He is most well known for his orchestration of Scott Joplins opera “Treemonisha” which made it to the stage for the first time in 1972. He also has an incredibly expansive category of songs which have been recorded by many of the distinguished artists of our time.

 

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Biography

“T. J. Anderson Biography.” T.J. Anderson, Composer, www.tjandersonmusic.com/bio.html.

“T.J. Anderson.” African American Art Song Alliance, artsongalliance.org/composers/tj-anderson.

“T.J. Anderson.” African Diaspora Music Project, africandiasporamusicproject.org/tj_anderson.

“T.J. Anderson.” American Composers Alliance, www.composers.com/composers/tj-anderson.

“T.J. Anderson’s Biography.” The HistoryMakers, www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/tj-anderson-42.

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Songs

Sheet Music

T. J.Anderson: Beyond Silence: A Cantata for Tenor, Bb Clarinet, Trombone, Viola, Cello, and Piano

Composer(s): T. J. Anderson

Voice Type: Tenor

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T.J. Anderson: A Sonic Language

Composer(s): T. J. Anderson

Voice Type: Soprano

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T. J. Anderson: Block Songs

Composer(s): T. J. Anderson

Voice Type: Medium Voice

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T. J. Anderson: Cairo Songbook

Composer(s): T. J. Anderson

Song(s): THE CALLINGS THE MONKEY HAS DIED THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD TIC CAIRO: THE HANGING CHURCH

Voice Type: Mezzo Soprano

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T. J. Anderson: Cornerstones

Composer(s): T. J. Anderson

Song(s): I. Cedar II. Spider Silk Riddle III. The Flying Squirrel IV. Dovey Junction V. Dancing With Her

Voice Type: Soprano

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T. J. Anderson: Songs of Illumination

Composer(s): T. J. Anderson

Song(s): Living below Van Gogh, Cody and the chicken, Income, Moon, Myself when I am real, Confession, River to cross, Corner court, Frankie, dead, Nina, Message of fire, Song of illumination

Voice Type: Soprano, Tenor

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Recordings

Beyond Silence: A Cantata for Tenor, Bb Clarinet, Trombone, Viola, Cello, and Piano

(Thomas Jefferson Anderson)

A Musical Kaddish "In Sea" for John Zimarowski

(Thomas Jefferson Anderson)

Block Songs

(Thomas Jefferson Anderson)

1972

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