Leo Sowerby

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Birthday
1, 1895
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Jul 7, 1968 (73)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
1, 1895
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Jul 7, 1968 (73)

About

Called the "Dean of American church music." He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1946 for "Canticle of the Sun," a cantata.

Before Fame

He studied music and composition with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was the first composer to receive the Rome Prize.

Trivia

He departed from past composers who tried to imitate the legends of Central Europe and led a generation of contemporaries in creating a distinctly American sound.

Family Life

His family was residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when he was born.

Associated With

He taught Maylon Merrill, who became the music director for the great radio comedian Jack Benny.