Howard Hanson Composer

Howard hanson

Howard Harold Hanson (October 28, 1896 – February 26, 1981) was an American composer, conductor, educator, music theorist, and champion of American classical music. As director for 40 years of the Eastman School of Music, he built a high-quality school and provided opportunities for commissioning and performing American music. He won a Pulitzer Prize for one of his works and received numerous other awards. Hanson was born in Wahoo, Nebraska, to Swedish immigrant parents, Hans and Hilma (Eckstrom) Hanson. In his youth he studied music with his mother. Later, he studied at Luther College in Wahoo, receiving a diploma in 1911, then at the Institute of Musical Art, the forerunner of the Juilliard School, in New York City, where he studied with the composer and music theorist Percy Goetschius in 1914. Afterward he attended Northwestern University, where he studied composition with church music expert Peter Lutkin and Arne Oldberg in Chicago. Throughout his education, Hanson studied piano, cello and trombone. Hanson earned his BA degree in music from Northwestern in 1916, where he began his teaching career as a teacher's assistant.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 28th, 1896
United States of America
Date of death
February 26th, 1981 at age of 84
Places lived
Nebraska , United States, with Territories
pop. 1,868,516 (2013)




1. Institute of Musical Art Educational Institution


3. Northwestern University Colleges/University

Northwestern University is a private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago in Illinois, United States. Northwestern has 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools offering 124 undergraduate degrees and 145 graduate and professional degrees.

Institution info

Type Private university
2013. 8.2 bil. $
Institution colors
January 28th, 1851
633 Clark St., 60208 - Evanston, Illinois
2012. 8,525
2010. 9,535
2009. 9,914
2012. 8,145
2010. 10,946
Acceptance rate
2014. 12.9 %
2013. 13.9 %
2012. 15.0 %
2011. 18.0 %
2010. 23.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 45.1 K $
2010. 39.8 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Northwestern University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1898., Composer
b. 1924., Composer
b. 1933., Composer
b. 1948., Composer
b. 1916., Composer
b. 1925., Composer
b. 1870., Composer
b. 1964., Composer


Company Founded Positions
Eastman School of Music
Titles in academia
Official site
Other people associated with Eastman School of Music
University of the Pacific
Dean of the Conservatory of Fine Arts
1919 - 1920
Official site

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6, Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth (The Seattle Symphony feat. conductor: Gerard Schwarz)
December 11th, 1992 Album on compact disc
Symphonies No. 5 & No. 7, Piano Concerto, Mosaics. The Seattle Symphony feat. conductor: Gerard Schwarz
December 11th, 1992 Album on compact disc
Bold Island Suite / Symphony No. 2, Romantic" / Suite From Merry Mount"
December 5th, 1991 Album on compact disc
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Symphony no. 3 / Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitzky / Lament for Beowulf
November 8th, 1991 Album
Eastman-Rochester Chorus
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Howard Hanson Symphonies: no. 1 Nordic" & no. 2 "Romantic""
1989 Album on compact disc 70 minutes
Seattle Symphony
Symphonies No.3 & No. 6 (Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz)

Written work

1.Music in contemporary American civilization

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1951. at Lincoln

Awards won

1945 Peabody Award

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Outstanding Entertainment in Music.
Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Broadcast journalism
Documentary film
Eastman School of Music

1944 Pulitzer Prize for Music

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Symphony No. 4 Composition
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

1916 John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
City Trusts of Philadelphia


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