Gallagher, Jack (b. 1947, New York City). American composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and piano works that have been performed in Europe and the USA.
Prof. Gallagher attended Hofstra University from 1965-69, where he studied analysis and orchestration with Elie Siegmeister in 1967-68 and where he earned his BA cum laude. He also studied composition and counterpoint privately with Elie Siegmeister in 1968, 1970-71 and 1972. He studied analysis and composition with Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillips at Cornell University from 1971-75 and there earned his MFA and DMA. He also attended seminars with Karel Husa, Thea Musgrave and Ned Rorem and masterclasses with Aaron Copland and George Crumb.
Among his honors are First Prize at the Symposium XII for New Band Music of the Virginia/College Band Directors National Association (1987, for Diversions: Triptych) and the title Ohio Composer of the Year from the Ohio Music Teachers Association (1996). In addition, his Exotic Dances was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (1997). He has received support from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, the College of Wooster, Meet the Composer, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Yaddo Corporation, among other organizations.
He was active as a trumpeter in the National Orchestral Association from 1968-70 and served as music director of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra in 1985-86.
He has taught composition, orchestration and other subjects at the College of Wooster in Ohio since 1977, where he has been Professor of Music since 1991.
He is the father of the composer Ryan Gallagher.
Éditions Bim publishes most of his music.
E-mail address: JGALLAGHER@wooster.edu
Street address: Prof. Jack Gallagher, 208 Scheide Music Center, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 44691, USA
Telephone (university): 330 263 2046
Fax (university): 330 263 2051
E-mail address for consulting scores: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
ORCHESTRAL: Berceuse, 1977; Mist-Covered Mountain: Fantasy for Symphonic Band on a Scottish Folksong, 1982; Diversions: Triptych, symphonic band, 1985; Diversions Overture, 1986; The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel), symphonic band, 1989 (also version for orchestra, 1994-95); Two Pieces, string orchestra, 1990; Symphony in One Movement: Threnody, 1991; Proteus Rising from the Sea, symphonic band, 1994; A Quiet Musicke, 1996; A Psalm of Life, symphonic band, 1997, revised 2000
CHAMBER MUSIC: Toccata, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1970; Ancient Evenings and Distant Music, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1971; Distant Evocations (Variations), cello, piano, 1973; Sonata, trumpet, 1979; Sonata Breve, tuba, 1981 (also shorter version for B-flat trumpet, 1999); Resonances, 4 B-flat trumpets, 1983; Capriccio, 2 B-flat trumpets, 1984; Celebration and Reflection, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1987; Heritage Music, French horn, violin, cello, piano, 1988; Stanfare, 8 trumpets, timpani, 1996; Exotic Dances, violin, piano, 1996; 8 Impromptus, trumpet, 2002
CHORAL: Invocation (text by Percy Bysshe Shelley), mixed chorus, 1980; Three Wordsworth Poems, mixed chorus, piano, 1982; To Those Who've Fail'd (text by Walt Whitman), mixed chorus, 1983; Song of the Daffodils (text by William Wordsworth), high chorus, piano, 1998
VOCAL: Three Songs of Love, Joy and the Beauty of Night (texts by Thomas Moore, Robert Browning, Robert Southey), high/low voice, piano, 1975; Darest Thou Now, O Soul (text by Walt Whitman), soprano, cello, piano, 1983
PIANO: Sonata, 1973; Nocturne, 1976, revised 2003; Sonatina, 1976; Six Bagatelles, 1979; Three Diminutive Waltzes and Pastorale, 1984; Six Pieces for Kelly, 1989; Evening Music, 1998; Malambo-Hommage, 2000
Toccata. Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet (Pantheon Music International: PFN 2241, 1985) (LP)
Diversions: Triptych; Mist-Covered Mountain: Fantasy for Symphonic Band on a Scottish Folksong. Jack Gallagher, Marice Stith/Cornell University Wind Ensemble (Cornell University Wind Ensemble Recordings: CUWE-39, 1986) (LP)
Proteus Rising from the Sea. Richard A. Shelton/Air Force Band of Flight (US Air Force, 1994)
Toccata. Galliard Brass Ensemble (Musical Heritage Society: MHS 513534, 1994)
Symphony in One Movement: Threnody. Szymon Kawalla/Koszalin Philharmonic (Vienna Modern Masters: VMM 3028, 1994)
Berceuse. Szymon Kawalla/Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Kraków (Vienna Modern Masters: VMM 3030, 1995)
The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel) (orchestral version). Tsanko Delibozov/Ruse Philharmonic (Vienna Modern Masters: VMM 3036, 1996)
Toccata. Heartland of America Air Force Band Brass Quintet (US Air Force, 1998)
Ancient Evenings and Distant Music. Solaris Wind Quintet (Capstone: CPS-8677, 2000)
The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel). John A. Climer/Ohio University Wind Ensemble (Ohio University Wind Ensemble, 2002)
Capriccio. Ken DeCarlo, Robert Sullivan, trumpets (Summit: DCD-319, 2002)
(Last updated on October 3, 2003)