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Name: John Mitchell
Skills: Composer
Address: Los Angeles, United States
Links: Website     E-mail
American classical composer John Mitchell was born in Hollywood, California on April 26,1941. He studied music composition at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he became a protégé of Dr. John Vincent, then head of composition. In 1965, after Dr.Vincent lost his position to proponents of atonality (no melodies or harmonies) there was no place at UCLA for a composer writing in traditional forms, and John Mitchell left, but he and Dr.Vincent remained close friends until Vincent's death in1974. Since 1962 Mitchell has been a church music director, organist, and opera coach. His compositions include works for solo piano and organ, choral music, chamber music, art songs and operas. In recent months he has written two piano sonatas, a song cycle based on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, and a setting of Robert Browning's Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came for vocal quartet. Current projects include a dance suite for piano, a requiem mass, and song settings of poetry of Anne Sexton, Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson, Persian poet Kabir (in translation), and South American poets Jorge Luis Borges and Delmira Agustini (in the original Spanish).



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