Gordon Getty

American composer Gordon Getty has made a lifetime of contributions to the world of classical music. He was awarded the prestigious European Culture Prize in 2019 recognizing his extraordinary legacy. Learn more about the man and his music. Scroll down for highlights or explore the website.


Featured Compositions

Young America

For chorus and orchestra
Duration: 20 minutes

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

2 hours
Premiere November 14, 2021

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Upcoming Performances

New York Premiere Screening “GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS” An Opera Reimagined for Film

Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center

165 W 65th Street, New York, NY 10023


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E. Engelhardt, The Canterville Ghost

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, [The Canterville Ghost] had its world premiere. Musically, the work of the American oil billionaire and occasional composer Gordon Getty is not a big hit. Inspired by the romanticism of the 19th century (influences by Franz Schubert and Richard Wagner), paired with a few well-known motifs such as "Yankee Doodle" and "Rule Britannia", the music is quite listenable and is forward-moving. Even musical. Otherwise it sounds like a long recitative, and this  did not seem to be a major challenge either for the singers or for the accompanying Gewandhausorchester, under the direction of Matthias Foremny.

[Translated from German]

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Featured Recordings

Gordon Getty’s oeuvre spans orchestral works, song cycles, and full length operas.

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Beauty Come Dancing

Love and dance permeate this album of 11 short choral works, paying homage to the romance and elegance of the late 19th century.

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Featured Reviews

A complete archive of reviews of works by Gordon Getty, including performances and recordings.

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Paul Corfield Godfrey, Beauty Come Dancing

In his booklet note for this release, Gordon Getty observes that he has avoided musical settings of the words of living poets apart from himself, “because I prefer to avoid disagreement.” But in the choral works in this collection he has certainly not shied away from competition with other composers who have tackled some of the same very well-known poems:

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Jeff Kaliss, Beauty Come Dancing

Gordon Getty Aims for Tunes Chopin Might Have Written

Beauty Come Dancing, on the Pentatone label, is an attractive collection that confirms Gordon Getty’s twin loves of composing for voice and making poetry into music. Even those familiar with Getty’s operatic settings of Shakespeare (Plump Jack) and Poe (Usher House) may be unaware that the composer studied English at the University of San Francisco before earning a bachelor’s degree and setting the verses of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Emily Dickinson in song. The poets assembled here range historically from Lord Byron to John Masefield to Getty himself, and the music in many aspects is as varied as the verse, unified by the composer’s self-declared affinity for 19th-century tropes of elegance and romance, and his flair for the dramatic.

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