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Philip Gordon (14 December 1894, Newark, N.J. - December 1983, Princeton, N.J.) was a pioneer composer of music for school bands and orchestras, as well as being a conductor and educator.
He studied at Columbia University, and began his teaching career as a professor of music and arranger at Chicago Musical College. He also taught at Seton Hall University and Westminster Choir College.
Gordon was conductor of the Newark Civic Symphony, the Bach Cantata Society, and, beginning in 1965, was composer-in-residence at the American String Teachers Association's Summer String Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He composed for chamber groups, band, orchestra, and chorus.
Works for Winds
- Air and March (as arranger) (1955)
- Canzona for Band (1961)
- Courtly Festival (1961)
- Fitzwilliam Suite (1962)
- Italian Masters Suite (1963/2000?)
- Innovation (1965)
- Invocation (1965)
- A Little Bach Suite (as arranger) (1966)
- Renaissance Masters Suite (1975/2002)
- Russian Masters Suite (1969/2000)
- Scandinavian Masters Suite (1974/1992)
- Songs of Exaltation (as arranger) (1974)
- Torchlight Carols (1965)
- Two Carols from the Midnight Mass for Christmas (as arranger) (1690?/1980)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Philip Gordon." Accessed 6 January 2015