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Manus Sasonkin: Biography

Manus Sasonkin
1930 - 1992
Region: Prairie

Manus Sasonkin

"Manus Sasonkin (1930-1992) composer, was born in Brooklyn, NY, on May 30th 1930. He studied composition with Quincy Porter and Paul Hindemith (Yale U), Gardner Read (Boston U), and Arnold Schoenberg (privately); harpsichord with Ralph Kirkpatrick (Yale U); musicology with Karl Geiringer (Boston U); and conducting with Pierre Monteux (Domaine School) and Leonard Bernstein (Tanglewood). Sasonkin's academic career began 1948-9 with a teaching fellowship in theory (Boston U). He was an instructor in theory, harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, composition, and 20th-century techniques at the St Louis Institute of Music 1954-66. He began teaching at the University of Alberta in 1966, where he has trained many composition students. As a conductor, Sasonkin led the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the St Louis Little Symphony, the University of Alberta Symphony, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. As a pianist and harpsichordist, he played many university concerts in the USA and Canada, and with the Edmonton Little Symphony Orchestra. He also was active in the theatre, both as an actor and as a composer of incidental music for many productions. He served as vice-president of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society, and consultant in harmony for the Western Board of Music. Manus Sasonkin passed away in 1992."

(adapted from an article by Richard Johnston)


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