Period: Late 20th Century
Born: Saturday, April 26, 1941 in Hollywood, California (USA)
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Nation of Origin: United States
You Were Always Mine (light opera) (1991)
Vanya (chamber opera) (1998-2000)
OP. 33 CANTATA NO. 1:The Way of Love (1978)
OP. 23 CANTATA NO. 2: Invocations (1976)
OP. 39 CANTATA NO. 3: The Voice of the Soul (1980)
OP. 41 CANTATA NO. 4: The Four Rays of Light (1980)
OP. 44 CANTATA NO. 5: The Planets (1982)
OP. 49 CANTATA NO. 6: The Universal Star (1982)
OP. 53 CANTATA NO. 7: Visions from the Earth (1983)
OP. 63 ORATORIO: Golden Planet (1986)
OP. 64 ORATORIO: The Science of the Soul (1988)
OP. 70 ORATORIO: Heart of the New Earth (1989)
OP. 77 FESTIVAL ORATORIO: The Harmony of the Universe (1990)
OP. 3 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1968)
OP. 5 Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1972)
OP. 21 Sonata for Cello and Piano (Bicenntenial) (1976)
OP. 27 Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (1977)
OP. 30 Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1978)
OP. 36 Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (1979)
200 Art Songs
John Mitchell does not write about music, or apply for grants. Since leaving the doctoral program in composition at UCLA in 1966 because his work was dismissed as "neoromantic" he has done nothing but write music, producing, while living in poverty, an enormous body of work: cantatas and oratorios, volumes of music for solo piano and organ, chamber music, operas, and more than 200 art songs--all in hand-written manuscript. Most of it has never been performed.
To call it "new classical music" does not carry precisely the same meaning as with many contemporary composers. It is classical music because it is timeless and universal. It is new because it speaks with a voice that has not been heard before, which can be defined only as his own.
Essay contributed by:
Lampert, Vera; Kemp, Ian; and White, Eric Walter, The New Grove Modern Masters (The New Grove Series), W. W. Norton & Company, November 1997, ISBN: 0393315924
Slonimsky, Nicolas, Music Since 1900, Schirmer Books, July 1994, ISBN: 0028724186
Griffiths, Paul, Modern Music and After: Directions Since 1945, Oxford University Press; 1st edition (April 11, 1996), ISBN: 0198165110
Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257
Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679
Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109
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Modern Music and After: Directions Since 1945
by Paul Griffiths
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