Richard Donovan

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Richard Frank Donovan (* November 29, 1891 in New Haven, Connecticut; † August 22, 1970 in Middletown, Connecticut) was an American composer, organist, conductor and music teacher.

Donovan studied at Yale University from 1912 to 1914, then at the Institute of Musical Arts in New York until 1918. In Paris he was a student of Charles-Marie Widor. From 1920 to 1923 he taught at Taft School in Watertown and from 1923 to 1928 at Smith College in Northampton. From 1928 he was a member of the music faculty of Yale University. In 1940 he succeeded David Stanley Smith as dean of the faculty and from 1954 until his retirement in 1960 he held a professorship. He also taught at the Institute of Musical Arts (1925-1928) and at Finch College in New York (1926-1940).

From 1928 to 1965 Donovan was organist at Christ Church in New Heaven. He was also conductor of the Bach Cantata Club (from 1933 to 1944) and the New Heaven Symphony Orchestra (from 1936 to 1951) and conducted the New York Symphony Orchestra in the 1936-1937 season. He was instrumental in organizing the Yaddo Music Festival in Saratoga Springs. 1961-1962 he was president of the American Composers' Alliance.

As a composer, Donovan has performed chamber music, vocal and orchestral works, including two symphonies, the overture New England Cronicle, the symphonic poem Smoke and Steel, songs, a mass and a Magnificat.
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Richard Donovan Discography Tracks

Albums

MG 40013 Richard Donovan - Poem And Dance - New England Chronicle / Tres Himnos (Three Hymns) album art Quincy Porter, Richard Donovan / Wells Hively - Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra* Quincy Porter, Richard Donovan / Wells Hively - Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra* - Poem And Dance - New England Chronicle / Tres Himnos (Three Hymns)(LP) Mercury Living Presence MG 40013 US 1955 Sell This Version
CRI SD203, CRI SD 203 Richard Donovan - Passacaglia On Vermont Folk Tunes / Epos / Variations For Orchestra album art Richard Donovan / Leslie Bassett Richard Donovan / Leslie Bassett - Passacaglia On Vermont Folk Tunes / Epos / Variations For Orchestra(LP) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI), Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI SD203, CRI SD 203 US 1966 Sell This Version
Richard Donovan - W.W. Naumburg Foundation American Composition Awards (First Recordings) album art Arthur Berger (2), Gunther Schuller, Richard Donovan Arthur Berger (2), Gunther Schuller, Richard Donovan - W.W. Naumburg Foundation American Composition Awards (First Recordings) Columbia Masterworks US 1967 Sell This Version
CRI SD 262 Richard Donovan - Mass / Magnificat / Antiphon And Chorale / A Brief Mass album art Richard Donovan / Robert Moevs Richard Donovan / Robert Moevs - Mass / Magnificat / Antiphon And Chorale / A Brief Mass(LP) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI SD 262 US 1970 Sell This Version

Compilations

CRI SD 390 Richard Donovan - American Historic, Yankee Music, Violin Sonata No.4, 6 Songs, General Booth, Viola Sonata, Serenade album art Ives*, Porter*, Donovan* Ives*, Porter*, Donovan* - American Historic, Yankee Music, Violin Sonata No.4, 6 Songs, General Booth, Viola Sonata, Serenade(LP, Comp, RE) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI SD 390 US Unknown Sell This Version