Theodore Chanler

Best known for his small form compositions, and especially his songs, Theodore Chanler's art song output remains popular today among recitalists. His most well-known song cycle is Eight Epitaphs, which sets the text of English writer Walter de la Mare.

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Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Theodore Chanler studied at the New York Institute of Musical Art, the Cleveland Institute (with Ernest Bloch), and at Oxford University. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris for three years. During his teaching career, Chanler taught at the Peabody Conservatory and the Longy School (Cambridge, Massachusetts). He won several awards and honors, including two Guggenheim fellowships.

Chanler was also an astute music critic and writer as well as composer, and he often wrote for Modern Music. He was also a music critic for the Boston Herald.

–Christie Finn

Source: David E. Campbell and Laura L. Broughton’s article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

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Recordings

Songs to Fill the Void

(Marion Bauer, Theodore Chanler, Charles Ives, Virgil Thomson and Scott Wheeler)

2016

Sure on This Shining Night

(Samuel Barber, George Whitefield Chadwick, Charles Ives, John Corigliano, Aaron Copland, William Bolcom, Ned Rorem, Richard Hageman, Charles Griffes, Victor Herbert, Horatio Parker, John Musto, Amy Marcy Beach, Theodore Chanler and Virgil Thomson)

1997

Paul Sperry Sings Romantic American Song

(Paul Bowles, Theodore Chanler, Arthur Farwell, Richard Hundley and Virgil Thomson)

1995

Beloved That Pilgrimage

(Aaron Copland, Theodore Chanler and Samuel Barber)

1991

Glenda Maurice Live at Wigmore Hall

(Theodore Chanler)

1988

The Listeners

(Ernst Bacon, Theodore Chanler, Lee Hoiby, John Jacob Niles and Ned Rorem)

1977

But Yesterday is Not Today

(Samuel Barber, Paul Bowles, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, John Woods Duke, Robert Helps and Roger Sessions)

1977

Songs

Sheet Music

The Collected Songs of Theodore Chanler

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28 American Art Songs

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28 American Art Songs

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15 Art Songs by American Composers (High Voice)

Composer(s): Dominick Argento, Leonard Bernstein, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, John Duke, Richard Hundley, Ned Rorem

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15 Art Songs by American Composers (Low Voice)

Composer(s): Dominick Argento, Leonard Bernstein, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, John Duke, Richard Hundley, Ned Rorem

Voice Type: Low

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Eight Epitaphs

Composer(s): Theodore Chanler

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