Music of David Van Vactor
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR702     Release Date: 1995-01-01
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra; David Van Vactor, conductor;


In the late 20th century, condemnation of the “academic” composer became commonplace to the point of cliché. Nevertheless in the United States, with the exception of a few glamorous figures, most concert music of the 20th century was produced by composers who lived and worked in universities. The academic American has tended to have more free time greater longevity, and ultimately more aesthetic stimulation than the “starving artist.” It is thus not surprising that academics have proven to be more productive, and more successful, too.

One of the most prolific and continually serious composers of the generation that came of age during the 1930s and `40s was David Van Vactor, who died in Los Angeles in 1994. An artist who spent most of his long career in an academic environment, Van Vactor thrived and flourished as founder and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There he also served as music director of the Knoxville Symphony, from 1947 to 1972; he also served on the faculty of the Kansas City Conservatory, and was assistant conductor of that city's Philharmonic Orchestra. The opportunities he gained through teaching and conducting fostered a substantial compositional achievement, which is only now being appreciated for its full worth...


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David Van Vactor

Music of David Van Vactor

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Symphony in D: I. Largo - Allegro vivace
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Symphony in D: II. Adagio
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Symphony in D: III. Allegretto ma non troppo
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Symphony in D: IV. Finale: Largo - Moderato assai
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Recitativo and Salterello
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Symphony No. 3: I. Allegro moderato
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Symphony No. 3: II. Adagio
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Symphony No. 3: III. Allegretto
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Symphony No. 3: IV. Allegro giusto
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Sinfonia Breve
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