Jack Gallagher

(b. 1947, Brooklyn, New York, New York).

American composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and piano works that have been performed in Europe and North America.

Prof. Gallagher attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York 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 Moffat Palmer and Burrill Phillips at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York from 1971–75 and there earned his MFA and DMA.

Among his honours are First Prize at the Symposium XII for New Band Music in Virginia of the College Band Directors National Association (1987, for Diversions: Triptych) and the title Ohio Composer of the Year from the Ohio Music Teachers Association (1996). He later received the Henry Luce III Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the College of Wooster in Ohio (2005).

He is also active in other positions. He performed as a trumpeter in the National Orchestral Association from 1968–70 and served as music director of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra in Ohio in 1985–86.

He has taught composition, orchestration and other subjects at the College of Wooster since 1977, where he has taught as the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music since 1991.

He is the father of the composer Ryan Gallagher.

His primary publisher is Éditions Bim.


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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)

Sinfonietta, string orchestra, 1990, revised 2007

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, 2008


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

Eight Impromptus, trumpet, 2002

Duo for Two Cellos, 2004

Intimations of Finzi, clarinet, piano, 2004–05

Remembrance of Robin, trumpet, piano, 2008


Invocation (text by Percy Bysshe Shelley), mixed chorus, 1980

Three Wordsworth Poems (text by William Wordsworth), 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), children's chorus, piano, 1998

Springsong (text by William Shakespeare), female chorus, piano, 2004

Dance No More (text by Thomas Chatterton), mixed chorus, 2005

Let Me Make Songs (text by Frances E. W. Harper), soprano, trumpet, piano, 2007


Three Songs of Love, Joy and the Beauty of Night (texts by Thomas Moore, Robert Browning, Robert Southey), high voice/low voice, piano, 1975

Darest Thou Now, O Soul (text by Walt Whitman), soprano, cello, piano, 1983


Sonata, 1973, revised 2005

Nocturne, 1976, revised 2003

Sonatina, 1976, revised 2003

Six Bagatelles, 1978

Three Little Waltzes and Pastorale, 1984

Six Pieces for Kelly, 1989

Evening Music, 1998

Malambo, 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)

Toccata. Galliard Brass Ensemble (Musical Heritage Society: MHS 513534T, 1994)

Symphony in One Movement: Threnody. Szymon Kawalla/Orkiestra Filharmonii Koszalińskiej (Vienna Modern Masters: VMM 3028, 1994)

Berceuse. Szymon Kawalla/Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Krakowie (Vienna Modern Masters: VMM 3030, 1995)

The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel) (second version). Tsanko Delibozov/Rusenska Filharmoniya (Vienna Modern Masters: VMM 3036, 1996)

Proteus Rising from the Sea. Richard A. Shelton/United States Air Force Band of Flight (United States Air Force, 1996)

Toccata. Heartland of America Air Force Band Brass Quintet (United States Air Force, 1998)

Ancient Evenings and Distant Music. Solaris Wind Quintet (Capstone Records: CPS-8677, 2000)

The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel) (original version). John A. Climer/Ohio University Wind Ensemble (Ohio University Wind Ensemble, 2002)

Capriccio. Ken DeCarlo, Robert Sullivan, B-flat trumpets (Summit Records: DCD 319, 2002)

Sonata (trumpet). Frédéric Presle, trumpet (Promuse: PMCD 5702, 2005)

Diversions Overture. Robert Ian Winstin/Natsionalna Filarmoniya Ukraini (ERM Media: ERM-6709, 2006)

Berceuse. David Bowden/Columbus Indiana Philharmonic (Columbus Indiana Philharmonic: CIP CD 262, 2006)

Nocturne. Jeri-Mae Astolfi, piano (Capstone Records: CPS-8777, 2007)

Diversions Overture; Berceuse; Sinfonietta; Symphony in One Movement: Threnody. JoAnn Falletta/London Symphony Orchestra (Naxos Records: 8.559652, 2010)