American twentieth century composer Roger Huntington Sessions (1896-1985) wrote music of strong emotional content. Although neo-classical strains reappear, his later works were dominated by atonality. His first major work was The Black Maskers: Suite. His Violin Concerto was more chromatic while his Symphony No. 3 was built on the twelve note technique. He received many honors, including a special Pulitzer Prize for life's work and the Pulitzer for music in 1982 for his final composition, Concerto for Orchestra.
Major works, life, and links from Musicalics.
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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