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Walter Hartley

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Walter Hartley


Walter Sinclair Hartley (21 February 1927, Washington, D.C. - 30 June 2016) studied composition at the Eastman School of Music, from which he held BM, MM, and Ph.D. degrees. While at Eastman he studied with Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson. He began writing for winds during his student days and has continued to produce instrumental solo and ensemble works of outstanding value.

He was one of America's more prolific composers, with over 100 works to his credit. In addition to Sinfonia IV, Hartley's most popular works for band include Concerto for 23 Winds (1957). His most recent band works include Symphony No. 2, Concertino for Tenor Saxophone, Sinfonia No. 5, and Centennial Symphony (premiered by the Eastman Wind Ensemble in October 1996 with Frederick Fennell guest-conducting.)

Hartley taught piano and theory at the National Music Camp, was chairman of the music department at David and Elkins College in West Virginia, and was professor emeritus of theory and composition at State University College, Fredonia, new York.

Works for Winds


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 926.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 272-273.
  • Walter Hartley, Wikipedia Accessed 7 January 2017