Alexander Peloquin
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Alexander Peloquin
Dr. C. Alexander Peloquin was an American composer of liturgical music, pianist, teacher, cathedral organist and director of music ministries. Inspired by the Second Vatican Council reforms, he is known for composing the first Roman Catholic Mass sung in English.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 78
    Peloquin died February 27, 1997 at the Bethany Home in Providence, Rhode Island from the effects of a stroke he suffered on February 12 of the same year.
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  • 1980
    Age 61
    An example of this can be found in his Lord of Life Mass commissioned by Terence Cardinal Cooke Archbishop of New York in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Titled "People Matter" the composition is an arrangement based on a hymn by Dutch composer Fred Kaan (1929–2009). It is intended to be performed during Offertory and it begins with the syncopated rhythms of percussion and double bass where after two measures the altos are joined by trumpet "con sordino". Many of his compositions were in response to commissions from churches, universities and religious orders throughout the United States and Canada. The texts used in these compositions were based upon the writings of a wide range of religious thinkers of all faiths, including Pope John Paul II. Key:
    1980- Dave Brubeck selected Peloquin and the Peloquin Chorale to premier his Mass To Hope!
    More Details Hide Details A Celebration, (formally known as To Hope! A Mass for a New Decade) in celebration of his conversion to Catholicism.
  • 1979
    Age 60
    1979- Peloquin conducted a choir of 300 for a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Chicago’s Grant Park (Chicago).
    More Details Hide Details This Mass was attended by 1.5 million people. During the Pope’s visit in America at this time, Peloquin’s music was performed at every Mass on the Pope's itinerary.
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 49
    1968- Peloquin collaborated with poet Thomas Merton on his composition Four Freedom Songs in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and was first performed at Ebenezer Baptist Church, as a tribute to King just months after his death.
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  • 1964
    Age 45
    1964- During National Liturgical Week in St. Louis, Missouri, Peloquin unveiled the first English High Mass ever sung in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details This event elevated Peloquin to national prominence as one of the few classically trained composers inspired by the reforms set out in the Second Vatican Council.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 36
    In 1955, Peloquin became a faculty member and composer-in-residence at Boston College, a career that spanned 38 years.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the conductor of the college’s Glee Club and immediately set out to broaden the repertoire of the choir by including women when the college became co-ed in 1970. The choir went on to become the University Chorale of Boston College. Both the Peloquin Chorale and the University Chorale of Boston College were instrumental in introducing his most innovative compositions to the world and often performed together during most of the premier performances of Peloquin’s works. Some prominent events in Peloquin’s career include:
  • 1950
    Age 31
    In 1950, Peloquin became the organist and Director of Music Ministries of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence, Rhode Island and remained until his retirement in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details As director he formed the Peloquin Chorale, an organization of singers who of performed and premiered Peloquin’s compositions over the years in concerts, liturgies and recordings.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1918
    Born
    Born in 1918.
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