Essays and Sketches

Newton D. Strandberg composer

Release Date: June 26, 2012
Catalog #: RR7840
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
String Orchestra

ESSAYS AND SKETCHES is an album unreleased works of American composer and longtime Sam Houston State University faculty member Newton D. Strandberg. Featuring performances by orchestras and ensembles from around the globe, the four pieces on this recording—Essay for String Orchestra, Amenhotep III, String Trio, and Acts for Orchestra—serve as an astute collection of Standberg’s output as a composer. More than a musical release alone, ESSAYS AND SKETCHES serves as a retrospective of Strandberg’s prolific career, housing a collection of writings, visual art, scores, and more, all compiled by Strandberg’s peers, students, and admirers from SHSU.


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Newton D. Strandberg


Newton D. Strandberg (1921-2001) was born in River Falls, Wisconsin and raised in his youth in mid-America, Iowa. He first attended North Park College (now North Park University) in Chicago and later, in 1983, was awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the school. He studied piano and composition with Anthony Donato at Northwestern University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education in 1942, a Master of Music in Piano Performance in 1947, and a Doctorate of Music in Composition in 1956, the first music degree of its sort to be awarded at Northwestern.