Personalities | Roy Harris | Modern Era | Classical

American composer

Born in a log cabin, Harris paid for his musical studies by driving a truck. He studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, but his rugged style owes as much to American folksong and hymn tunes as to his love of J. S. Bach. Of his 16 symphonies only the Third (1937), a work of epic striving and nobility, has achieved wide recognition, but some of the others are no less striking, and he wrote fine string quartets, choral and piano music.

Recommended Recording:
Symphony No. 3, New York PO (cond) Leonard Bernstein (Sony)

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