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

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

Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA

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YPC Performs “Beauty Come Dancing”

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City performs Gordon Getty’s “Beauty Come Dancing” on its Virtual Spring Gala – Opportunity Reimagined, with choreography by Megan Williams.

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Two Premieres at Festival Napa Valley

Lisette Oropesa and Matt Haimovitz premiere two pieces of Gordon Getty’s at Festival Napa Valley.

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

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Beauty Come Dancing

Release Date: August 17, 2018
Sung in English

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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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