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Francis Thorne

Francis Thorne's music has always had a healthy respect for the vernacular, both popular song and jazz. Born in Bay Shore, New York in 1922 into a musical family, he started picking out tunes when he was five years old. His first formal training took place under Paul Hindemith at Yale University. After college came three-and-a-half years in the Navy during World War II, followed by nine years on Wall Street. All this time he kept up his jazz piano which brought him in contact with Duke Ellington. His return to the world of music reactivated his desire to compose, which brought him to David Diamond and two years of private study with him in Florence, Italy. Shortly thereafter his Elegy for Orchestra was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. The review in the Philadelphia Bulletin described the work as "progressing with an unmistakable refinement of feeling and scoring. It is deeply felt and effective."

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Quartessence Symphony Orchestra with Jazz Soloist(s) R R 21:00 -

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