About the Composer
John H. Crouch (born 1947) was brought up in the Washington D. C., USA area. Learned to play multiple instruments cello, strg. bass, tuba, oboe, flute, clarinet, and sax. Became interested in composing at age 14. Majored in music at Boston University, studying oboe with Ralph Gomberg. Continued interest in composition lead to incidental music for a Synge play, and a Prelude, Chorale, and Alleluia for SATB, organ and strings. Then came commissions from the Washington Modern Dance Society for a study followed by two full dance works scored for small ensemble. Performances of the Duo for Guitars (1968) and a "one man" concert at the Smithsonian Institute (1969) then took place. Exxon Corp. placed a tape of the Theme and Variations for Woodwind Quintet in a time capsule for 2076. A performance of Design for Wind Band occurred in 1976. A Suite for Children for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon along with several other works for horn, flute and guitar came from this period. Then after a pause of reflection, I decided on a non-related-to music career change. I wrote no music from 1978 until 1999 when I had time to return to my first love music. My String Quartet (1999) marks this new beginning!
List of Works
1. Sonatina for French Horn and Piano (1964) 8 minutes
John H. Crouch