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composer , pianist , teacher

Elliot Griffis, American composer, pianist, teacher. Awarded Julliard scholarship, 1922 Pulitzer traveling fellowship, 1931. Served as judge for the Guild of Piano Teachers.; Served with Chemical Warfare Service, United States Army, 1918-1919.; Member A.S.C.P., American Society Composers and Condrs., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.; Club: Bohemians (president 1961— Los Angeles).

Background

Born in Boston, the son of the noted Orientalist William Elliot Griffis, he attended public schools in Ithaca, New York as well as The Manlius School before going to Ithaca College.

Education

Student Ithaca (New York) High School, and Ithaca College (music), 1909-1913, Yale School Music, 1913-1915 (studied under Horatio Parker), Yale School Fine Arts, 1915-1916, N.E. Studied under G; studied in London, Paris, Vienna.

Career

He went to Yale University to work with Horatio Parker from 1913 until 1915, and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Daniel Gregory Mason, Harry Newton Redman, and George Whitefield Chadwick before serving in the United States Army. He taught at Grinnell College, the Westchester Conservatory of Music and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music before settling in Los Angeles. Much of his output was chamber music, especially piano pieces and songs.

He did, however, compose some works for orchestra and one opera, 1963's The Port of Pleasure.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: (for orchestra) First Symphony: A Persian Fable (ballade). Montevallo Suite

    • Paul Bunyan, Colossus (symphonic poem). Variations for Strings.

      Symphony for strings, Fantastic Pursuit (performed under Sevitzky, Philadelphia, 1941). (chamber music) 3 String Quartets. Quintet, Suite for Trio.

      Sonata for Violin and Piano. Wood Wind Quartet

    • (for piano) Sonata. Letters from a Maine Farm.

      A Set of Eight

    • Rousseau Variations. Transmutations

    • (for voice) Song Cycle: Sunlight and Shadow. A Caravan from China Comes.

      Men Are the Devil

    • El Dorado, etc. (some 60 published compositions). Port of Pleasure (one act opera), 1960.

      3 long playing records of original compositions.

Membership

Served as judge for the Guild of Piano Teachers. Served with Chemical Warfare Service, United States Army, 1918-1919. Member A.S.C.P., American Society Composers and Condrs., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Club: Bohemians (president 1961— Los Angeles).

Connections

father:
William Elliot Griffis

mother:
Katharine Lyra (Stanton) Griffis