Mitchell, John

Period: Late 20th Century

Born: Saturday, April 26, 1941 in Hollywood, California (USA)

As of October 2015 this composer is still living.
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Nation of Origin: United States

Major Works:
You Were Always Mine (light opera) (1991)
Vanya (chamber opera) (1998-2000)

Choral Works:
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)

Chamber Works:
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

Other Information:
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:
Victoria Brago

General Bibliography:
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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Biographical essay from Wikipedia
Art Songs of John Mitchell
The Life and Music of John Mitchell