Gordon Getty

American composer Gordon Getty has made a lifetime of contributions to the world of classical music. In recognition of his extraordinary legacy, he was awarded the prestigious European Culture Prize in 2019 and inducted into Opera America's Opera Hall of Fame in 2022. Learn more about the man and his music. Scroll down for highlights or explore the website.


Featured Compositions

Winter Song

For Cello
Duration: 2:45

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Spring Song

• For Cello
• Duration: 1:56

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Kent Nagano and Rachmaninoff International Orchestra present “Plump Jack” excerpts

The Overture and two arias from “Plump Jack,” Gordon Getty’s first opera, will be performed at the inaugural concerts of the Rachmaninoff International Orchestra on October 30 in Rolle, Switzerland, featuring baritone Lester Lynch and soprano Alexandra Armantrading.

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Lisa Delan interviews Gordon Getty in “Haute Living”

“Haute Living San Francisco” publishes an interview of Gordon Getty as the cover story in its July-August issue.

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Featured Recordings

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

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips Highlights

This EP features some of the opera’s greatest arias and scenes from the film soundtrack, including its profoundly moving finale.

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Featured Reviews

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

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Joanne Sydney Lessner: Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Composer/librettist Getty hews closely to the book, adding color and depth particularly where Kathie is concerned. The score is traditional and tonal, with recitatives and arias, soaring choral anthems, and a predilection for heroic high notes.

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Claire Jackson: Gordon Getty: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (EP)

Soprano Marnie Breckenridge sweetly foreshadows the tragedy in ‘Chips darling it’s started’, a lyrical aria with colourful orchestration including harp and piano. This style is echoed in a later interlude, with melodic writing for strings, piano and tuned percussion.

Read the full review on BBC Music Magazine