Peter Farmer is a composer whose musical roots are varied. His father sang with the Wiffenpoofs at Yale; his mother was a pianist who introoduced him to the classics. In his early teens, he discovered jazz: first Traditional, then Swing and Duke Ellington, and finally the Bebop school. He credits his love of polyphony to the influence of traditional jazz. He was inspired to take up the trumpet and at the age of eighteen he attended the Lenox School of Jazz at Lenox, Massachusetts. where he played in an ensemble directed by Kenny Dorham. After an extended period as a jazz trumpeter, he switched to saxophone in 1985 and was active for some years as a player in the Boston area. It was, he states, ""the improvisational element of jazz that led me to composition"".
Farmer received his Bachelor of Music in composition from the Boston Conservatory in 1969, where he studied under Avram David. Two years prior to that he attended the Ferienkurze für neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany where he participated in composing and performing 'Ensemble', a cooperatively composed orchestral work under the direction of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Farmer attended the University of Michigan where he recieved his M.M. in composition in 1976. His teachers were William Albright, William Bolcomb, George Wilson, and Leslie Bassett. He received his D.M.A. in composition in 1982 from the same university and since then has taught music theory/composition at Berklee College of Music and theory/solfege at Lowell State University.
The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra recorded Farmer's 'Symphony No. 1' in 1996, and he has written 3 more symphonies since then. In 1999 his 'Concertino for Tenor Sax and Orchestra' was recorded by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague. His Symphony No. 2 was recorded in 1998, and his Symphony No. 3 was recoded in 2000 both by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and the same group, enhanced by the Brno State Choir, recorded his 'Psalms' in 2002. Mr. Farmer has written two piano concertos the first of which was recorded in 2002 by the Slovak Radio Orchestra.

String Quartet No. 5
Recorded in Jan. 2009 by the Martinu String Quartet.



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Piano Sonata No. 2
Recorded 12/11 by Nora Skuta.



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String Quartet No. 6
Recorded June, 2014 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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Piano Concerto No, 4
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Piano Sonata No. 2
Recorded in Bratislava by Nora Skuta.



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Piano Concerto No. 3
A single movement concerto, recorded in 6/10 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kirk Trevor, featuring Nora Skuta, Piano soloist.



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Symphony No.1, mvt.1
Recorded 6/96 in Warsaw, Poland by the Warsaw National Philharmonic under Jerzy Swoboda.



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Symphony No.1, mvt.2
Recorded 6/96 in Warsaw, Poland by the Warsaw National Philharmonic under Jerzy Swoboda.



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Symphony No.1, mvt.3
Recorded 6/96 in Warsaw, Poland by the Warsaw National Philharmonic under Jerzy Swoboda.



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Symphony No. 2, movement 1
Recorded in 6/10 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Kirk Trevor



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Symphony No.2, mvt.2
Recorded 6/98 at Olomouc, Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic under Vit Micka.



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Symphony No.2, mvt.3
Recorded 6/98 at Olomouc, Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic under Vit Micka.



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String Quartet No. 2, mvt.1
Recorded winter of 2000 in Prague by the Stamic Quartet



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String Quartet No.2, mvt.2
Recorded winter of 2000 in Prague by the Stamic Quartet.



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Symphony No.3, mvt.1
Recorded 5/00 in Olomouc, Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic under Vit Micka.



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Symphony No.3, mvt.2
Recorded5/00 in Olomouc, Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic under Vit Micka.



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Symphony No.3, mvt.3
Recorded 5/00 in Olomouc, Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic under Vit Micka.



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Symphony No.4, mvt.1
Recorded 5/9 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor.



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Symphony No.4, mvt.2
Recorded 5/9 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor.



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Symphony No.4, mvt.3
Recorded 5/9 by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor.



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Symphony No.5, mvt.1
Recorded 5/9 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor.



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Symphony No.5, mvt.2
Recorded 5/9 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor.



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Symphony No.5, mvt.3
Recorded 5/9 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor.



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String Quartet No.3, mvt.1
Recorded 11/01 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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String Quartet No.3, mvt.2
Recorded 11/01 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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String Quartet No.3, mvt.4
Recorded 11/01 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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Quintet
Recorded 1/02 in Prague by members of the Czech Festival of Chamber Music.



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String Quartet No.3, mvt.3
Recorded 11/01 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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Clarinet Concerto 1, mvt.1
Recorded 6/06 in Bratislava by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman under Kirk Trevor



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Clarinet Concerto 1, mvt.2
Recorded 6/06 by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman under Kirk Trevor.



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Capricious and Blue
Recorded in May/08 by the Slovak Radio Orchestra under Kirk Trevor featuring clarinetist Richard Stolzman.



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String Quartet No. 4, mvt.1
Recorded 12/05 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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String Quartet No. 4, mvt.2
Recorded 12/05 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet



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String Quartet No. 4, mvt.3
Recorded 12/05 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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String Quartet No. 4, mvt.4
Recorded 12/05 in Prague by the Martinu Quartet.



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On Mount Pleasant
Recorded in January/93 by the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under Jerzy Swoboda.



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Peter R. Farmer

6/6/2013 11:43:20 PM
My various choral Psalm settings have been moved to CD Baby. To access, go to cdbaby.com/peter farmer.



Stephen Hopper

9/27/2007 1:37:21 PM
Hello Peter,

Your work is outstanding...beautiful music! I aspire to write music of this standard. Perhaps in my next incarnation...perhaps. :~)

Highest regards,

Steve



 

       

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