Richard Purvis

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Born: 25 August 1913 — San Francisco, California — USA
Died: 25 December 1994 — San Francisco, California — USA
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Organist and Master of Choristers Emeritus and Honorary Canon of San Francisco’s famed Grace Cathedral.

The music of Richard Purvis holds a very special place in American 20th century history. His style has unique melodic, harmonic and rhythmic qualities. Not one to embrace fads, he was conservative in a very liberal, musical way, using the best of many musical styles. He was a master of composing and arranging concise, definitive, colorful and listenable pieces. Most compositions were musically realized for the sound of the great Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, where he was Organist and Choirmaster for over 25 years. Richard built the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys into a nationally recognized body — eventually developing into the Grace Cathedral School for Boys in 1957.

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Wed 23 Apr: Trois Miniatures Pour quatuor à cordes, Premiere and workshop by the Arditti Quartet Milton court concert hall, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London)
Thu 24 Apr: Von Hollywood nach Pankow - Hanns Eisler und die Frauen Arnold Schönberg Center Schwarzenbergplatz 6 1030 Wien
Sun 27 Apr: Godelieve Shrama + Wouter Snoei Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Piet Heinkade 1 Amsterdam
Sat 3 May: Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC Presents “The Poet’s Song” Church of the Holy Apostles New York
Sun 4 May: Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC Presents “The Poet’s Song” DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W. 37th St., NY, NY
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Dying days:
(1910) Maurice Ravel: Premiere of Ma Mère l'Oye for two pianos, in Paris, France.
(1958) Heitor Villa-Lobos: Premiere of Symphony no. 12, in Washington D.C., USA.
(1985) Alfred Schnittke: Premiere of Concerto Grosso no. 3, in Moscow, Russia.

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Sheet music for Purvis

[details ←] Three Christmas Preludes, organ,
[details ←] The Organ Music of Richard Purvis Volume 2, organ,
[details ←] The Organ Music of Richard Purvis Volume 1, organ,
[details ←] What Strangers Are These? (Noel Ecossais), vocal, , choral, vocal,
[details ←] When The Saints Go Marching In, jazz band,
[details ←] When the Saints Go Marching In, jazz band,
[details ←] Rainy Day Waltz, clarinet,
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