| Share
 

Walter Piston

Piston, Walter, 1894–1976, American composer and teacher, b. Rockland, Maine. Piston studied at Harvard and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris; he joined the faculty of Harvard in 1926. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1934. Piston was a neoclassicist composer, using traditional forms with sure technique and intellectual style. His works often incorporate masterful counterpoint and employ complex jazz rhythms. Piston's compositions include symphonies, suites for orchestra, a concertino for piano and orchestra, a violin concerto, a viola concerto, a toccata and a concerto for orchestra, a ballet, and string quartets and other chamber music. He is the author of Principles of Harmonic Analysis (1933), Harmony (1941, rev. ed. 1962), Counterpoint (1947), and Orchestration (1955).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Walter Piston from Infoplease:

  • piston: meaning and definitions - piston: Definition and Pronunciation
  • Joseph Fuchs - Joseph Fuchs Age: 97 violinist Widely respected by musicians as well as audiences, Fuchs was known ...
  • Nadia Boulanger - Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger, Nadia , 1887–1979, French conductor and musician, b. Paris. ...
  • Carter, Elliott Cook, Jr. - Carter, Elliott Cook, Jr. Carter, Elliott Cook, Jr., 1908–, American composer, b. New York ...
  • Pulitzer Prizes in Music - Pulitzer Prizes in Music (For years not listed, no award was made.) 1943 Secular Cantata No. 2, A ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Music: History, Composers, and Performers: Biographies


Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring