Modern period American composer and organist Leo Sowerby (1895-1968) wrote in practically every musical genre save opera. He is most known, however, for his organ compositions and his sacred choir pieces. He was among the first organists to break with European tradition and produce works that were based on the American experience, just as Gershwin and other near contemporaries were doing in other areas of music. He won the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio The Canticle of the Sun.
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Life, noted teachers, and major honors with links from Musicalics.
Leo Sowerby at 100
Biography and retrospective upon the occasion of his one hundredth birthday with emphasis on his organ and choir works.
Sowerby, Leo (1895 - 1968), United States
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and link to biographical essay from Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers.
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