Daniel Pinkham, American Composer, (1923-2006)
Here’s an obituary written by Carson Cooman.
American composer Daniel Pinkham passed away on the morning of December 18, 2006 in Natick, Massachusetts, USA after a brief illness.
Pinkham, one of America’s most active and well-known composers of music for the church, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA on June 5, 1923. He studied at Harvard University and Tanglewood with Walter Piston, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Arthur Honneger, and Nadia Boulanger. As an organist and harpsichord he studied with Wanda Landowska and E. Power Biggs.
For over forty years, Pinkham was music director at Boston’s historic King’s Chapel, where he led one of the premiere church music programs in America. Until his death, he served as senior professor of musicology at the New England Conservatory where he founded their program on early music in the 1950’s.
His catalogue as composer included our symphonies and other works for large ensembles, cantatas and oratorios, concertos and other works for solo instrument and orchestra for piano, piccolo, trumpet, violin, harp and three organ concertos, theatre works and chamber operas, chamber
music, electronic music, and twenty documentary television film scores.
His work has been performed by ensembles ranging from the New York Philharmonic to small parish choirs. He was named Composer of the Year in 1990 by the American Guild of Organists and had been awarded six honorary doctorates.
His final completed composition, “A Cradle Hymn” for mixed choir and string quartet was premiered on December 17th and 18th by the Harvard University Choir in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA for the 97th Annual Harvard Carol Services.