Berceuse (1929)

by Quincy Porter

Here is the original version performed by

Fritz Gearhart violin and John Owings, piano

The above CD avaliable for purchase here or click on the image above

Special thanks to the Yale Music Library for the Quincy Porter manuscripts, and to William Lyman Porter for permissions and support. Photos courtesy of Helen Hurd Porter.

Quincy Porter (1897-1966) was an early 20th century composer with great ties to the New England area, and specifically the Yale School of Music. His brief stay in Paris exposed him to Vincent D'Indy and his return to America found him studying with Ernest Bloch. His complete bio here.

Originally for written for violin and piano, this has a beautiful, haunting melody. Here is Phil Snedecor's new arrangement with himself on trumpet and Elisabeth Tomczyk, piano