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Robert Capanna was an American composer and director of music education. Born in 1952 in Camden, New Jersey, he spent his early musical life commuting to Philadelphia for music lessons. Originally a trombonist, he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in composition from the Philadelphia Music Academy, where he studied with Joseph Castaldo and Theodore Antoniou. In 1974, he was the Bruno Maderna Fellow in Composition at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he worked with Jacob Druckman and was awarded the Koussevitsky Prize in composition.
Capanna's works have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Penn Contemporary Players, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Amherst Music Center Orchestra, Dallas Civic Symphony, the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra, Network for New Music, the Trio di Milano, Colorado String Quartet, Mendelssohn Quartet, Concerto Soloists, Orchestra 2001, and the Philadelphia Singers.
In 1976, Capanna became director of the Kardon-Northeast Branch of the Settlement Music School, a community school of the arts with branches throughout the greater Philadelphia region, and from 1982 to 2009, he served as the school's executive director. During his tenure the school grew from three branches to six, launched an integrated arts preschool, Kaleidoscope, and founded the Joseph and Marie Field Chamber Music Center. Capanna passed away on January 26, 2018.
This collection includes scores by composer Robert Capanna. These are separated into six series: Solo instruments, Chorus, Instrumental ensembles, Voice and instruments, Large ensembles, and Arrangements. Scores written before or around 1995 often exist in pen or pencil on onion-skin and in final, published form; scores written after 1995 are generally printed, both in draft and final, published form. Because Capanna continually revised his works, some pieces appear in multiple versions. There is also a flash drive which contains PDF versions of the scores.
Gift of Cathryn Coate, 2018 August 15.
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The bulk of this collection is open for research use. However, the PDFs on the flash drive in box 4 do not have digital copies; if access is requested, they will be sent to an outside vendor for copying. Patrons are financially responsible for the cost. The turnaround time from request to delivery of digital items is about two weeks for up to five items and three to seven weeks for more than five items. Please contact Reprographic Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) for cost estimates and ordering. Once digital items are received, researchers will have access to the files on a dedicated computer in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Researchers should be aware of specifics of copyright law and act accordingly.
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