David Van Vactor Conducts His Symphony 1, Frankfurt Radio Symphony


David Van Vactor: Symphony No.1 in D Major (1937)
Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.

David Van Vactor (May 8, 1906 -- March 24, 1994) was an American composer of contemporary classical music.

He composed well over one hundred major works, including seven symphonies, nine concertos, five large pieces for chorus and orchestra, many orchestral, chamber and vocal works, and four pieces for symphonic band.

In 1938 his Symphony in D won the Second Annual Competition of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society for a major symphonic work by a U. S. composer (his former teacher Mark Wessel received the sole Honorable Mention in the same competition). The Symphony was premiered on January 19, 1939 by the Philharmonic-Symphony, conducted by the composer. His music was recorded by the conductor William Strickland.