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George Rochberg

A Bio-bibliographic Guide To His Life and Works

Joan Devee Dixon
1992

703 pp.

13 illustrations

ISBN: 978-0945193128

hardback $53.00


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This is the first and only scholarly book to date on George Rochberg (b. 1918) the pre-eminent post-WWII American composer and essayist. It was compiled with his assistance and gathers into one volume previously scattered and hard-to-find material by and about the composer. Included are traditional types of scholarly information on Rochberg e.g. his WORKS (date of composition publisher timing commission premiere instrumentation program notes by the composer etc.) DISCOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHY (a chronological listing of his compositions and the major events of his life) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS & DOCUMENTS (housed in public collections/libraries) TEXTS (used in the works with voice) and BIBLIOGRAPHY (books articles and reviews by and a bout Rochberg). This is an essential guide for any performer scholar critic or student of George Rochberg's music.
Joan Devee Dixon:

Made her professional debut with the Minnesota Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Neville Marriner. Since that time, she has conducted extensive concert tours of the USA, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Israel, Palestine, Japan and the Czech Republic. She now performs for music festivals, schools, and churches all over the world and her recordings are frequently heard on broadcasts such as Pipedreams.

Her performances have included The Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Washington National Cathedral, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC; Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and the Temple Church in London; Town Hall and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England; American Cathedral in Paris, France; St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy; St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Tokyo, Japan; Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis; Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul; Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago; and the World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Dr. Dixon has performed with many ensembles including Chamberlain Trio, Laurel Trio and Laurel Brass. She is the co-founder of Organ for Eight (4 hands + 4 feet) and produces an organ spectacular for the 4th of July each year, along with Organist Jane Kriel Horn of Minneapolis. Their annual programs takes place at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota and features everything from organ, piano and brass to flying pie plates, fireworks, and cannons.

Dr. Dixon is a featured soloist for the International Dvorak Society's American Spring Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, and is also represented by the Concert Artist Cooperative. She performs many Czech duo-piano programs each year with pianist Alice Fiedlerová, faculty member at New York University in Prague.

Dr. Dixon is a First Prize and Grand Award Winner of the WAMSO competition (Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association) and a five-time recipient of the prestigious Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. She is the author of the Bio-Bibliography of American composer George Rochberg (Pendragon Press), and has collaborated with Dr. Emma Lou Diemer in dozens of commissions, recordings and over 100 world premiere performances.

Dr. Dixon’s recordings feature both organ and piano: Psalms: The Lord's My Shepherd; Psalms II: I Lift My Eyes to the Hills; The Psalms of Emma Lou Diemer (three volumes); Raise the Roof!; Organ for Eight!; Something Old, Something New; Jubilee; Spirituals; and Christmas. She is also on Albany Records in works by Emma Lou Diemer.

Dr. Dixon has been increasing her catalog as a composer and arranger. Her Czech Heritage Mass was commissioned by the Czech Heritage Partnership for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of St. Wenceslaus Church in Spillville, Iowa (the same congregation where Antonín Dvořák spent the summer of 1893). It has been performed in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maryland and New Hampshire. She is also recognized for her spirited arrangements and performances of American Spirituals for Organ. Her Americana for two pianos and percussion ensemble, with dance, was premiered in 2012.

Joan DeVee Dixon is Professor of Music and Faculty Advancement Associate for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Frostburg State University in Maryland. She is a graduate of Drake University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She serves of the Leadership Advisory Board of the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute at Drake University. She has over twenty years of church experience (Organist and Director of Music) and has served as a Volunteer in Missions to Japan, Israel/Palestine and with the Red Cross following Katrina. Dr. Dixon is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI).