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John Duffy (1928-     )

John Duffy, composerJohn Duffy grew up in the Bronx, one of fourteen children of Irish immigrant parents. When he was still a young man, composition studies with Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Luigi Dallapiccola, Solomon Rosowsky and Herbert Zipper proceeded concurrently with his career and early successes in theater. Duffy’s profound regard for language, its beauties and its powers, suited him ideally for his work in the theater, television and film. He acquired a reputation early on as a first-class interpreter of ideas and emotion, a brilliant orchestrator and a sensitive colleague. Duffy has composed more than 300 works for symphony orchestra, theater, television and film, including the award-winning score for the nine-hour PBS documentary Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. As founder and president of Meet the Composer, he has initiated countless landmark programs to advance American music to aid American composers. The John Duffy Composers Institute, founded by the Virginia Arts Festival, is dedicated to the inspiration, creation, performance and recording of new music by living composers. Professional Master Composers and developing Composer Fellows will collaborate through workshops, lecture demonstrations, concerts, recordings, and interactions with resident dance and theatre companies. His music has earned many awards including two Emmys, an ASCAP award for special recognition in film and television music, a New York State Governor’s Art Award and the (New York City) Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture. In the words of Fred Ho, "John Duffy is one of the last of a breed of American visionary artist-impresarios...; these veritable forces of nature who built from the ground-up, who dared to do the impossible, and in so doing, would forever change the landscape of American contemporary performing arts."

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Soloist(s) w/Orchestra

Chorus w/Orchestra



Instrument and Piano

Solo Instrument



A Talent for Life: Jews of the Italian Renaissance, TV documentary score (1979)
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, TV series documentary score (1984)

DUFFY  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre     ~ ~ ~    Duffy on Duffy      ~ top of page ~
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And in the Composer's Corner . . . John Duffy (Brian Wise, Chamber
John Duffy: The Composer as Statesman (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox)
John Duffy Creates Opera in Hampton, Honored in New York (Teresa Annas,
Music Mentor (MOntague Gammon III)

Composer's website   . . .   contact John Duffy:  here

Duffy @ ClassicsToday (via Google Advanced Search)
Duffy @ The John Duffy Composers Institute
Duffy @ Facebook
Duffy @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Duffy @ InstantEncore
Duffy @ Klassika/  /
Duffy @ MySpaceMusic
Duffy @ NewMusicBox (via Google Advanced Search)
Duffy @ New Music USA [formerly American Music Center]
Duffy @ The New York Times
Duffy @ Schott Music

Duffy @ Composer's website/publisher listings
Duffy @
Duffy @ Schott Music

Streaming Audio
Duffy @ Composer's website  -  check under individual work listings
Duffy @ MySpaceMusic
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Duffy @ Composer's website
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Duffy @ ArkivMusic
Duffy @ CD Universe
Duffy @ ClassicsOnline
Duffy @ itunes

Duffy @ YouTube
Duffy @ Google Video
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Duffy on Duffy: Interview with Phil Thompson/Pittsburgh New Music Net  (VIDEO)

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