May 30, 2020

Composer gives works to Bagaduce library

BLUE HILL – Composer Thomas Lanese of Surry and Anneville, Pa., has donated all of his music compositions to the Bagaduce Music Lending Library.

The 110 compositions include sacred and secular choral works, piano pieces, vocal classical solos, operas and chamber music works. They will be housed in the library’s State of Maine collection with works of other Maine composers.

Lanese was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1938. He received a graduate fellowship to study viola at the Juilliard School of Music. When the United States entered World War II, his string quartet enlisted in the U.S. Army as a unit to play in the Irving Berlin musical “This is the Army Mr. Jones.”

He played viola in the Pittsburgh Symphony and Kansas City Philharmonic, and served as assistant conductor of the Fort Wayne Symphony. During that time, he traveled to Maine often to visit his father-in-law, Claude Monteux.

Lanese taught music at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, including strings, conducting, theory and composition, and conducted the orchestra and chorus. He retired in 1978 to concentrate on composing.

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