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David Van Vactor (1906-1994)

The American composer, David Van Vactor, received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He studied with Arne Oldberg, Mark Wessel, Ernst Nolte, Leo Sowerby, Paul Dukas, Franz Schmidt, and Arnold Schoenberg. He was the assistant conductor of the Chicago Civic Orchestra (1933-1934) and was both the flute section leader and assistant conductor the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra from 1943 to 1947. He served as the conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 1947 until 1972. He also appeared as guest conductor with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestras of Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile. Van Vactor composed well over one hundred major works, including seven symphonies, nine concertos, five large pieces for chorus and orchestra, many orchestral, chamber and vocal works, and four pieces for symphonic band. In 1938 his Symphony in D won the Second Annual Competition of the New York Philharmonic|New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society for a major symphonic work by a American composer. Van Vactor was Professor Emeritus of Composition and Flute at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Van Vactor Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Du bist mein (1926)
Du bist wie eine Blume (1926)
H-t du dich (1926)
My Life Closed Twice (1926)
Tanz Lied (1926)
Gefunden (1927)
Haid-e, soprano, violin and piano (1927)
Requiescat (1927)
Chaconne for String Orchestra (1928)
Tres Rimas (1928)
    - Rima XXI "Que es poesia"
    - Rima XXIII "Por una mirada, un mundo"
    - Rima XXXVIII "Los suspiros son aire"
Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, flute and piano (1928)
Five Small Pieces, orchestra (1929)
Ten Variations, flute and piano (1929)
How Can I Sing Light Souled and Fancy Free (1930)
I Know a Maiden Fair (1930)
Overture - Cristobal Colon (1930)
The Play of Words (1931)
Concerto for Flute (1932)
Masque of the Red Death (1932)
Prelude for Orchestra (1932)
Quintet for Flute and String (1932)
Passacaglia and Fugue in D minor (1933)
Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute (1933)
Overture to a Comedy No. 1 (1934)
Quartet for Bassoons (1934)
Suite for Two Flutes (1934)
Concerto a Quattro, 3 flutes, harp and orchestra (1935)
Das Nachtlied (1935)
Divertimento for Woodwind Quartet (1935)
Divertimento for Two Violins and Viola (1936)
Symphony No. 1, D (1937)
Five Bagatelles for Strings (1938)
Symphonic Suite (1938)
Divertimento, small orchestra (1939)
Concerto for Viola (1940)
Gavotte, string orchestra (1940)
March, bassoon and contrabassoon (1940)
Overture to Taming of the Shrew (1940)
String Quartet No. 1, C (1940)
Adagio Mestoso, string orchestra [arr. 1941 from String Quartet No. 1, 1940]
Allegretto for Woodwind Quintet (1941)
Credo, for Mezzo-Soprano solo, Chorus, and Orchestra (1941)
Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (1941)
Katzenjammer Suite (1941)
Overture to a Comedy No. 2 (1941)
Variazioni Solenne (1941)
Divertimento for Two Violins and Viola (1942)
Suite for Two Flutes, No. 2 (1942)
Fanfare for Orchestra (1943)
Symphony No. 2, "Music for the Marines", orchestra (1943)
United Nations Fanfare (1944)
Sonatina for Flute and Piano (1945)
After-School Marching Song (1945)
Cantata for Treble Voices (1947)
Introduction and Presto for Strings (1947)
Pastorale and Dance for Flute and Strings, or string quartet (1947)
Recitative and Saltarello (1947)
A Little Hymn (1948)
My Life Closed Twice (1949)
String Quartet No. 2 (1949)
Prelude and March (1950)
Armed Forces Medley (1951)
Concerto for Violin (1951)
Duettino for Violin and Cello (1952)
Lento for Violin and Piano (1952)
Shropshire Lad (1953)
Vocalise (1953)
The New Light (1954)
O Sing to God (1955)
Fantasia, Chaconne, and Allegro (1956)
Choral Fanfare (1957)
Psalm 19 (1957)
London (1958)
Spring and Fall (1958)
Symphony No. 3 (1958)
Nydia (1959)
Suite for Woodwind Quintet (1959)
Trojan Women Suite (1959)
Inauguration: Fanfare and March (Cantus Inauguralis) (1960)
Christmas Songs for Young People (1961)
Anthem (Ascension Day Collect) (1962)
Choral Response - Jude 1:24-25 (1962)
Fanfare for Brass (1962)
Pieces for Violin (Children of the Starrs) (1962)
Suite for Piano (1962)
Suite for Trumpet and Small Orchestra (1962; rev. 1982)
Brass Octet (1963)
Five Etudes for Trumpet (1963)
Sewanee Suite (1963)
Suite for Orchestra on Chilean Folk Tunes (1963)
Passacaglia, Chorale and Scamper (1964)
Sinfonia Breve (1964)
Economy Band No. 1 (1966)
Music for Woodwinds (1966)
Three Pieces for Viola and Double Bass (1966)
Four Etudes for Winds and Percussion (1968)
Economy Band No. 2 Song and Dance (1969)
Flourish for Brass Quintet (1969)
Improvisation and Courante (1969)
Jungle of the Soul (1969)
Sarabanda with Variations (1969; rev. 1980)
Three Suzuki Canons (1969)
Louise (Requiescat) (1970)
Quartetto per Quattro Tube (1970)
Dreamer (1971)
Fugue in F (3-voice) for Strings (1971)
Suite for Young Pianists (1971)
Suite for Twelve Solo Trombones (1971)
Symphony No. 4 - Walden (1971)
Three-Voice Canon with a Free Part for String Orchestra (1971)
Andante and Allegro for Alto Saxophone & Strings (1972)
Set of Five (1972)
Suite for 3 or 4 Trumpets and Orchestra (1972)
Contrapunctus, Canone et Fugae (1973)
Canons on Various Intervals No. 1 (1974)
Duettino for Two Flutes (1974)
Five Songs for Flute and Guitar (1974)
Holy Manna - Chorale Prelude (1974)
Prelude and Fugue in C (1974)
Veni Immanuel (1974)
Nostalgia (1975)
Suite for Brass Quintet (1975)
Symphony No. 5 (1975)
Suite for Brass (1976)
Three Songs for Soprano (1976)
Fanfare and Chorale for Winds & Perc (1977)
Episodes - Jesus Christ (1977)
The Elements (1978)
Lucky's Tirade (1978)
Processional (1980)
Symphony No. 6 (1980)
Symphony No. 7 (1982)
Knoxville Symphony Orch 50th Anniversary Salute (1984)

WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Van Vactor Links     ~ top of page ~
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VAN VACTOR  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
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David Van Vactor Collection (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN)     also     here
David Van Vactor; Composer Was 87 (Obiturary) (The New York Times)
Evanstonians (Time Magazine)
Letter to Editor - re: Van Vactor's resignation from the Knoxville Sym Orch (Richard Trythall, Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Composer website (at Roger Rhodes Music, Ltd.) . . .   inquire about David Van Vactor:  here

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Van Vactor @ Art + Culture
Van Vactor @ Art of the States/#composer
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Van Vactor @ Classical Archives
Van Vactor @ Classical Composers Database
Van Vactor @ Classical Net
Van Vactor @ ClassicsToday
Van Vactor @ composition:today/
Van Vactor @ Dilettante Music
Van Vactor @ Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers
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Van Vactor @ Grawemeyer Awards
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Van Vactor @ IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
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Van Vactor @ Karadar Classical Music
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Van Vactor @ Music Academy Online
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Van Vactor @ MySpaceMusic
Van Vactor @ Naxos
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Van Vactor @ The New York Times
Van Vactor @ W.W. Norton
Van Vactor @ Piano Society [Bolcom; Bowles; William Duckworth; Dutilleux; Heino Eller; Mompou; Respighi; Rodrigo; Turina
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Van Vactor @ REC Music Foundation /The Lied and Art Song Texts Page
Van Vactor @ US Opera/

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The David Van Vactor Collection is held by the University of Tennessee Special Collections Library in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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