Jens Hanson

Hanson, Jens. Composer, educator, b Raton, N Mex, 29 Nov 1936; B SC (MIT) 1958, MA (Denver) 1963, PH D (Yale) 1969.

Hanson, Jens

Hanson, Jens. Composer, educator, b Raton, N Mex, 29 Nov 1936; B SC (MIT) 1958, MA (Denver) 1963, PH D (Yale) 1969. He studied composition 1961-3 with Normand Lockwood and in the summer of 1964 with Darius Milhaud; viola in 1961 with Fred Ruhof, in the summer of 1964 with John Garvey, and 1965-8 with David Schwartz; and theory 1965-8 with Allen Forte. In 1968 he joined the staff of the University of Windsor as a teacher of theory and composition. After being interested in electronic and aleatoric composition Hanson more recently has blended the influences of Forte, Babbitt, and Schafer. With the exception of Symphony in Four Movements (1963) and Keys (1974) for concert band, Hanson's output has consisted mainly of chamber and choral works. In 1974 he wrote theme music for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. He is a contributor to EMC.

Selected Compositions

Symphony in four movements. 1963. Orch. Ms


Keys. 1972. Concert band. Ms


3 String Quartets. 1963,75, 77. Ms

Dreams. 1972. Elementary string orch. Ms

Prolusion, Air and Finale. 1979. Mar. Ms

Chameleon. 1982. Perc. Ms

Dances. 1983. Vn, viola, mar. Ms

A Solemn Fanfare. 1988. Trb, bass trombone. Ms

Also works for viola; violin and viola; clarinet, violin, and piano; percussion; organ, and other small instrumental groupings.

Vocal and Choral

Anthem (Bible). 1970. Alto, SATB, 8 instr. Ms

Three Love Songs (e. e. cummings). 1980. Bar, fl,cl, bassoon. Ms

Sing Unto The Lord. 1984. Ten, bass, organ. Ms

The Return. 1986, rev 1990. SATB, string quartet, 2 horn. Ms

The Lord is My Light. 1987. Vs (chorus), piano (organ). Ms

The Conductor. 1988. SATB, piano. Ms

Psalm 150. 1988. SATB, organ. Ms

Eucharist Service. 1991. Ten, treble, adult and children's choir, organ. Ms

Music Education Suite. 1991. Sop, piano. Ms

Also several other works for voice and choir