A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch

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In January of 2001 Jon Pfautsch, Lloyd’s youngest son, put together a CD collection of performances of as many of his father’s compositions as were known to be extant. Most were from Dr. Pfautsch’s personal collection; the rest were given to him by colleagues and former students. The collection spans nearly 50 years and involved media as varied as paper and acetate reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, LP’s and CD’s. While the fidelity is not always what one would hope, the value is in hearing the composer conduct his own works (in most cases) with a few performed by colleagues or ... continued below

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Hart, Kenneth W. 2014.

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In January of 2001 Jon Pfautsch, Lloyd’s youngest son, put together a CD collection of performances of as many of his father’s compositions as were known to be extant. Most were from Dr. Pfautsch’s personal collection; the rest were given to him by colleagues and former students. The collection spans nearly 50 years and involved media as varied as paper and acetate reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, LP’s and CD’s. While the fidelity is not always what one would hope, the value is in hearing the composer conduct his own works (in most cases) with a few performed by colleagues or former students, but chosen by him for this collection. They are numbered according to Track Numbers, and the “Example” numbers refer to the illustrations in UNT Press’s A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch. Note: the final selection was not used as a musical example, but appears here because it is the one composition for which Pfautsch most wished to be remembered (“Music When Soft Voices Die”).

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1. Example 3: “Puer Nobis,” 1953, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Choir, 2000
2. Example 4: “Israel at the Red Sea,” 1946, SMU Choir, 1965
3. Example 5: Five Narrative Carols (I. Adam lay ybounden), 1953, IWU Choir 1953
4. Example 6: Songs MeinGrossmama Sang (I. Fraulein Bo-Peepen), 1956, SMU Choir 1956
5. Example 9: “Seek to Serve,” 1983, First United Methodist Church of Dallas, 1994
6. Example 10: “Sing Praises,” 1967, SMU Choir, 1969
7. Example 11: A Day for Dancing, 1969, Dallas Civic Chorus, 1969
8. Example 12: “Omnis Spiritus Laudet Dominum,” 1973, SMU Choir, 1974
9. Example 13: “Go and Tell John,” SMU Choir, 1970
10. Example 15: “Let Us Praise Creation’s Lord!,” First United Methodist Church of Dallas, 2000.
11. “Music When Soft Voices Die,” 1959, SMU Choir, 1967

KENNETH W. HART holds graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary and The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He has conducted award-winning choirs and university choirs around the globe. For 18 years he was Director of Sacred Music at Southern Methodist University, where he became a lifelong friend of Lloyd Pfautsch.

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A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch

After earning his theology degree from Union Seminary in New York, Lloyd Pfautsch (1921–2003) found his true calling in church music. He was invited to Southern Methodist University in 1958 to start their graduate program in sacred music and remained there for 34 years. Outside the university, he formed the Dallas Civic Chorus and led it for 25 years. He was nationally known for his conducting and the quality of the musicians he produced as well as for his compositions, many of which are illustrated here with his handwritten notations. This is the first biography of this important figure, and it is told from the viewpoint of a longtime colleague and friend. Aligned with the biography, Hart analyzes some of Pfautsch's hundreds of compositions. This is the definitive work on one of the most influential American choral musicians of the twentieth century.

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Hart, Kenneth W. A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch, audio recording, 2014; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc335333/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.