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Charles Jones


Charles Jones, who began composing  in a new-Classical style, and later developed a complex mode of expression notable for its chromaticism, has written about ninety works including four symphonies, nine string quartets and vocal scores. 
Jones was born in Tamworth, Canada in 1910 and moved to the United States in 1928 where he studied violin and theory at the Institute of Musical Art.  He graduated in 1932.  He then received a fellowship to the Juilliard School in New York, studying composition with Bernard Magenaar.  Following his graduation in 1939, the Juilliard School sent him to Mills College in California where he met composer and colleague, Darius Milhaud.  This was the beginning of their 30-year collaboration, continued at the Musical Academy of the West and concluded at the Aspen Music Festival.  Milhaud retired from teaching in the United States in 1969.  However, Jones continued at the Aspen Music Festival as composer-in-residence until 1989.
In addition to being a well known composer, Jones was also a teacher.  He taught at Mills College from 1939 to 1944, at the Juilliard School from 1954 to 1960 and again in 1973,  and later at the Mannes College of Music in 1972.  For a short period of time, he also taught at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria and at the Bryanston School in England.
Jones died on June 6, 1997.
Charles Jones


  • Overture for Orchestra