US composer, whose Swedish ancestry may be reflected in the echoes of Grieg and Sibelius in his music. He studied with the great pedagogue Percy Goetschius in New York (1914) and at Northwestern (1915–16), and was the first composer to win a scholarship to the American Academy in Rome (1921–4), where he had orchestration lessons from Respighi. Returning to the USA to direct the Eastman School (1924–64), he was also active as a conductor.
Orchestral: Symphony No.1 ‘Nordic’, E minor, Op.21, 1922; No.2 ‘Romantic’, Op.30, 1930; No.3, Op.33, 1937–8; No.4 ‘The Requiem’, Op.34, 1943; No.5 (Sinfonia sacra), Op.43, 1954; No.6, 1968; No.7 ‘The Sea’ (Whitman), ch, orch, 1977; Serenade, Op.35, fl, hp, str, 1945; Piano Concerto, G, Op.36, 1948; Fantasy-Variations on a Theme of Youth, Op.40, pf, str, 1951; Mosaics, 1957; etc.
Other works: Merry Mount (opera; after Hawthorne), Op.31, f.p. Met, 1934; chamber music, piano pieces, cantatas
Full text Article Hanson, Howard (Harold) (28 Oct. 1896, Wahoo, Nebr. - 26 Feb. 1981, Rochester, N.Y.)
Having studied piano and cello as a child, he attended Luther College in Wahoo; studied with Percy Goetschius at the...