Music by Joseph Wagner

Born: 1900

Died: 1974

Joseph Wagner wrote books on orchestration and band scoring that were ahead of their time. He started a symphony orchestra that’s still performing actively today. Two of his symphonies were conducted by the legendary Howard Hanson. But he died alone while watching the World Series. And today his music is rarely performed. Said the New York Times, “Joseph Wagner’s Rhapsody for Piano, Clarinet and Strings reflected the impressionistic idiom. But it was written with a fine feeling for form, and with gusto.