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John  Duffy

Born: June 23rd, 1926
Died: December 22nd, 2015
Country of origin: United States of America
John Duffy is one of the last of a breed of American visionary artist-impresarios...; these veritable forces of nature who built from the ground-up, who dared to do the impossible, and in so doing, would forever change the landscape of American contemporary performing arts. - Fred Ho
John Duffy has composed more than 300 works for symphony orchestra, theater, television and film. His music has earned many awards including two Emmys, an ASCAP award for special recognition in film and television music, a New York State Governor’s Art Award and the (New York City) Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture.
John Duffy grew up in the Bronx, one of fourteen children of Irish immigrant parents. When he was still a young man, composition studies with Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Luigi Dallapiccola, Solomon Rosowsky and Herbert Zipper proceeded concurrently with his career and early successes in theater. Duffy’s profound regard for language, its beauties and its powers, suited him ideally for his work in the theater, television and film. He acquired a reputation early on as a first-class interpreter of ideas and emotion, a brilliant orchestrator and a sensitive colleague. Duffy has composed distinguished concert music for a variety of commissions, including the award-winning score for the nine-hour PBS documentary, narrated by Abba Eban, Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune called the music “haunting, memorable and brilliant.”
As founder and president of Meet the Composer, he has initiated countless landmark programs to advance American music to aid American composers. The John Duffy Composers Institute, founded by the Virginia Arts Festival, is dedicated to the inspiration, creation, performance and recording of new music by living composers. Professional Master Composers and developing Composer Fellows will collaborate through workshops, lecture demonstrations, concerts, recordings, and interactions with resident dance and theatre companies.
2005 marked the inauguration of the John Duffy Composers Institute, founded by the Virginia Arts Festival. The Institute is dedicated to the inspiration, creation, performance and recording of new music by living composers. Professional Master Composers and developing Composer Fellows will collaborate through workshops, lecture-demonstrations, concerts, recordings, and interactions with resident dance and theatre companies.  In 2010, Albany records released a new recording of Duffy’s We Want Mark Twain for string quartet and narrator, Saxophone Concerto in memory of Stan Getz and Portraits for Orchestra. The album features performances by the Cassatt String Quartet, the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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  1. American Fantasy Overture

    American Fantasy Overture

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  2. American Fantasy Overture

    American Fantasy Overture

    for chamber orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  3. Heritage

    Heritage

    David and Bathsheba
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  4. Heritage Symphonic Dances

    Heritage Symphonic Dances

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  5. Heritage Fanfare and Chorale

    Heritage Fanfare and Chorale

    for wind ensemble
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: wind ensemble
    Edition: performance material
  6. Heritage Suite

    Heritage Suite

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Heritage Waltz

    Heritage Waltz

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  8. Heritage

    Heritage

    Three Jewish Portraits
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  9. Heritage

    Heritage

    Two Jewish Dances
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  10. Unity

    Unity

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material

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Profile
John Duffy is one of the last of a breed of American visionary artist-impresarios...; these veritable forces of nature who built from the ground-up, who dared to do the impossible, and in so doing, would forever change the landscape of American contemporary performing arts. - Fred Ho
John Duffy has composed more than 300 works for symphony orchestra, theater, television and film. His music has earned many awards including two Emmys, an ASCAP award for special recognition in film and television music, a New York State Governor’s Art Award and the (New York City) Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture.
John Duffy grew up in the Bronx, one of fourteen children of Irish immigrant parents. When he was still a young man, composition studies with Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Luigi Dallapiccola, Solomon Rosowsky and Herbert Zipper proceeded concurrently with his career and early successes in theater. Duffy’s profound regard for language, its beauties and its powers, suited him ideally for his work in the theater, television and film. He acquired a reputation early on as a first-class interpreter of ideas and emotion, a brilliant orchestrator and a sensitive colleague. Duffy has composed distinguished concert music for a variety of commissions, including the award-winning score for the nine-hour PBS documentary, narrated by Abba Eban, Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune called the music “haunting, memorable and brilliant.”
As founder and president of Meet the Composer, he has initiated countless landmark programs to advance American music to aid American composers. The John Duffy Composers Institute, founded by the Virginia Arts Festival, is dedicated to the inspiration, creation, performance and recording of new music by living composers. Professional Master Composers and developing Composer Fellows will collaborate through workshops, lecture demonstrations, concerts, recordings, and interactions with resident dance and theatre companies.
2005 marked the inauguration of the John Duffy Composers Institute, founded by the Virginia Arts Festival. The Institute is dedicated to the inspiration, creation, performance and recording of new music by living composers. Professional Master Composers and developing Composer Fellows will collaborate through workshops, lecture-demonstrations, concerts, recordings, and interactions with resident dance and theatre companies.  In 2010, Albany records released a new recording of Duffy’s We Want Mark Twain for string quartet and narrator, Saxophone Concerto in memory of Stan Getz and Portraits for Orchestra. The album features performances by the Cassatt String Quartet, the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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per page
  1. American Fantasy Overture

    American Fantasy Overture

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  2. American Fantasy Overture

    American Fantasy Overture

    for chamber orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  3. Heritage

    Heritage

    David and Bathsheba
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  4. Heritage Symphonic Dances

    Heritage Symphonic Dances

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  5. Heritage Fanfare and Chorale

    Heritage Fanfare and Chorale

    for wind ensemble
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: wind ensemble
    Edition: performance material
  6. Heritage Suite

    Heritage Suite

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Heritage Waltz

    Heritage Waltz

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  8. Heritage

    Heritage

    Three Jewish Portraits
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  9. Heritage

    Heritage

    Two Jewish Dances
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  10. Unity

    Unity

    for orchestra
    Composer: Duffy, John
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material

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