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Stephen Thomas Griebling

Stephen T. Griebling was born in Akron, Ohio on December 10, 1932. He was fascinated by mechanical things and loved music, but did not begin to study piano until he was 16. Just after graduating from high school he began to study 'cello and played in college orchestras for a number of years. He began writing music at age 17, and a full recital of his compositions was performed at Mount Union College just before he graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1954. He has sung in choruses for 50 years and is a bass in the Blossom Festival Chorus.

Mr. Griebling recently retired from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company where he worked as a tire development engineer for nearly 40 years. He holds four patents and received two presidents' awards for original and creative thinking.

He was recently elected president of the Cleveland Free Flight Society.

He served as Junior Composers' Chairman for the O.F.M.C. where he took much care in writing constructive comments about each piece and in assembling the superior-rated manuscripts into a published booklet each year. In 1974 the Griebling family, all composers, was named Ohio Musical Family of the Year by Governor John Gilligan.

Griebling's compositions range from songs to orchestral works. His "Queensmere: Dec. 1964" was premiered by Louis Lane and the Akron Symphony in 1974 and was later awarded first prize in the NSOA composition contest. "Modern American Classics, Vol.2",a compact disc with the Warsaw Philharmonic on the MMC label, (MMC 2027)includes this piece.

In 1989 his first symphony was premiered by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Ferritto and was given a standing ovation by the enthusiastic audience.

His works have also been performed by the Akron Symphony Chorus, the Cleveland Octet and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. His songs and choral works have been performed throughout the USA and Europe. His music is published by Willis Music and the Southern Music Company.

In 1993 Mr. Griebling collaborated with poet Robert Crawford in the writing of Jefferson Music, a dramatic narrative commemorating the 250th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth. Narration by Dr. James Stuart was accompanied by John Ferritto conducting a small chamber ensemble.

Griebling classifies himself as a neo-romantic composer. His style has changed little since he began to compose and his pieces are always melodious and direct. Composers he greatly admires include Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Beethoven and Corelli.

 

See works by Stephen T. Griebling collected by the University of Akron Libraries.

 

Collected Sound Recordings

Modern American Classics, volume II  
© 1996 MMC Recordings, Ltd.
Introduction and Dance, Earl George (1946); Queensmere: December 1964†, Stephen T. Griebling (1987); Angel Butcher, Ray Bokhour (1992); Symphony No. 2, Jerome David Goodman (1994)
Perfromed by Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, †Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra
Jerzy Swoboda, conductor

Archived Works List

C.F.F.S. March (1998)
Instrumentation: Two Pianos

Collected Songs (poetry by Edna St. Millay): Hyacinth (1953); Kin to Sorrow (1953); God's World (1953); Three Songs from The Lamp and the Bell (1977); The Penitent (1980); Tavern (1985); Sorrow (1978); First Fig; When I Am Not With You (1988); Joy (1988); Spring Rain (1995); The Star (1995); Christmas Carol (1995); For Everything There Is A Season (1997); Psalm 134 (1998); Woman (1997); The Three Jolly Pigeons (1997); Drifting (1982)
Instrumentation: piano/vocal score

Contemplation (1996)
Instrumentation: Piano

For Everything There is a Season (1978)
Instrumentation: SATB and Piano

Four Pieces for Oboe and Piano (1997/edited 1998): Berceuse; Siciliano; Intermezzo; Caprice
Instrumentation: Oboe and Piano

Habañera (1990)
Instrumentation: One Piano, Four Hands

Habañera
Instrumentation: Two Pianos

Habañera (1998)
Instrumentation: Chamber Orchestra (2222 2200 timp strings)

Hurry Up! (1992)
Instrumentation: SATB Chorus

Jazz Piece (1995)
Instrumentation: Piano

Jefferson Music: A Dramatic Narrative (text by Robert S. Crawford) (1993)
Instrumentation: Ob, Cl in A, Hn, Strings, and Narrator

March Diabolic (1998)
Instrumentation: Eight Violoncelli

Poem (1997)
Instrumentation: Piano

Psalm 150 (1991)
Instrumentation: SATB Chorus

Queensmere December 1964 (1981)
Instrumentation: Orchestra (3322 4231 timp harp strings)

Ragtime March (1998)
Instrumentation: Brass, Woodwind or String Quintet

Six Miniatures in Slavic Style (1989)
Instrumentation: Piano

Six Miniatures in Slavic Style (1996)
Instrumentation: Brass Quintet

Soaring (1998) in honor of the Cleveland Free Flight Society
Instrumentation: Full Concert Band (picc, 2fl, 2ob, eh, 2bsn, cl(Eb, 3Bb, al, bs), Sax(2al, tnr, bar), 3cor, 2tpt, 4hn, 3tbn, bari, tba, timp, 2perc)

Somber Piece (1998)
Instrumentation: Eight Violoncelli

Sonata for 'Cello (1970)
Instrumentation: Violoncello (or Viola) and piano

Sonata for Piano (1996)
Instrumentation: Piano

Symphony #1 (1996)
Instrumentation: Full Orchestra (3333 4231 Timp, 2 Perc, Harp, Strings)

Vision of a Noble Land (1976)
Instrumentation: Full Orchestra (2322 4231 Timp, SD, Strings)

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