Composers of Today: A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations

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"To anyone quite unacquainted with his music, the First Cuckoo might be presented as his whole life-work"--according to Philip Heseltine. "It is based upon a twofold melody; the first part is Delius' own, a sequence of phrases that echo each other like distant cuckoo calls, the second is derived from a Norwegian folk-song. . . . Delius chose the theme for its musical beauty . . . and using it as a motif has painted in unforgettable tones the emotion of one for whom Spring is not so much a season of riot and exuberance, fresh hope and renewed vitality, as a vision of such sweet and tender loveliness that the heart stands still in contemplation of it and the old unrest of the soul is put to sleep." Frederick Delius died on June 11, 1934, at his villa at Grez-suz-Loing. During the last few years of his life he suffered blindness and paralysis. His infirmity, however, did not seem to touch his spirit or dampen his enthusiasms and zest. Visitors to his villa told us of his remarkable freshness and vitality, the gaiety of his spirit and the utter light-heartedness of his mood which, it seemed, not old age or sickness or infirmity could smother. Until the last day of his life he possessed a keen sense of humor; and he was a glorious comrade to anyone who met him even for the first time.Characteristic of his undying energy is the fact that, altho blind, feeble and paralyzed, he spent the last few months of his life in work. He dictated his music to an amanuensis--a young composer from Yorkshire, England, Eric Fenby by name--who was also occupied in bringing much of Delius' early music into final shape under the master's guidance. Under Fenby's devoted and conscientious amanuensisship, Delius completed a major orchestral work and a composition for baritone solo and orchestra entitled Cynara, after Ernest's Dowson's favorite poem, shortly before his death.Principal works by Frederick Delius:
OPERAS: The Magic Fountain; Koanga; A Village Romeo and Juliet; Margot La Rouge; Fenimore and Gerda.
ORCHESTRA: Legende (for violin and orchestra; Over the Hills and Far Away; Brigg Fair; A Dance Rhapsody; Summer Night on the River; On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring; A Song Before Sunrise; Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto; Violin and Violoncello Concerto; In A Summer Garden.
CHORAL: Sea-Drift; Songs of the Sunset; Wanderer's Song; A Song of the High Hills; Requiem; Cynara.
CHAMBER MUSIC: String Quarters, No. 1 and 2; Sonata for Violin and Piano; Sonata for Violoncello and Piano.
Songs, etc.
About Frederick Delius: Gray Cecil. Survey of Contemporary Music; Heseltine Philip. Delius; Hull Robert H. Delius.Important recordings of music by Frederick Delius:
VICTOR: In a Summer Garden; Song Before Sunrise; Walk to the Paradise Garden; Brigg Fair.
COLUMBIA: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (Beecham); Walk to Paradise Garden (Beecham); Sonata No. 2 ( Tertis-Reeves); Summer Night on the River (Beecham).

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Ernst von Dohnányi 1877.

ERNST VON DOHNÁNYI was born in Pressburg, Hungary, on July 27, 1877. His father, a professor of mathematics and physics at the local Gymnasium as well as an amateur 'cellist of ability, gave him his first lessons in music. As a child Dohnányi's favorite game was to play at giving concerts. He stood on a stool and conducted with a walking stick as baton. Empty chairs were his audience, and his little sister was his orchestra. He likewise revealed a great enthusiasm for the lessons his father gave him. His rapid progress made advanced study soon imperative and, in 1885, Ernst was studying piano under Carl Förstner, organist at the Cathedral of Pressburg. While yet a boy, Dohnányi completed several cham

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Books of the Same Author ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Key to Pronunciations xiv
  • Joseph Achron 1886- 1
  • George Antheil 1900- 3
  • Kurt Atterberg 1887- 4
  • Louis Aubert 1877- 6
  • Georges Auric 1899- 7
  • Granville Bantock 1868- 8
  • Béla Bartók 1881- 10
  • Arnold Bax 1883- 15
  • Robert Russell Bennett 1894- 16
  • Lord Berners 1883. 20
  • Julius Bittner 1874- 22
  • Arthur Bliss 1891- 23
  • Marc Blitzstein 1905- 24
  • Ernest Bloch 1880- 25
  • Rutland Boughton 1878- 26
  • Walter Braunfels 1882- 29
  • Frank Bridge 1879- 31
  • Alfred Bruneau 1857-1934 32
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman 1881- 35
  • Alfredo Casella 1883- 36
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco 1895- 38
  • Juan José Castro 1895- 40
  • Gustave Charpentier 1860. 41
  • Frederick Shepherd Converse 1871- 46
  • Henry Cowell 1897- 49
  • Sir Frederic H. Cowen 1852- 51
  • Sir Walford Davies 1869- 53
  • Claude Debussy 1862-1918 55
  • Frederick Delius 1863-1934 56
  • Ernst Von Dohnányi 1877. 60
  • Arcady Dubensky 1890- 62
  • Paul Dukas 1865- 64
  • Paul Dupin 1865- 67
  • Georges Enesco 1881- 68
  • Manuel De Falla .1876- 70
  • Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924 72
  • Henri Gagnebin 1886- 79
  • Philippe Gaubert 1879- 80
  • George Gershwin 1898- 80
  • Umberto Giordano 1867- 82
  • Alexander Glazunov 1865- 84
  • Reinhold Glière 1874- 86
  • Michael Gniessin 1883- 90
  • Paul Graener 1872- 91
  • Percy Grainger 1882- 93
  • Alexander Gretchaninoff 1864- 94
  • Louis Gruenberg 1883- 96
  • Alois Hába 1893- 98
  • Henry Hadley 1871- 99
  • Reynaldo Hahn 1874- 101
  • Howard Hanson 1896- 103
  • Sandor Harmati 1892- 104
  • Roy Harris 1898- 106
  • Edward Burlingame Hill 1872- 110
  • Paul Hindemith 1895- 112
  • Gustav Holst 1874-1934 115
  • Arthur Honegger 1892- 117
  • Herbert Howells 1892- 119
  • Jacques Ibert 1890- 120
  • Vincent D'Indy 1851-1931 122
  • Michael Ippolitov-Ivanov 1859- 123
  • John Ireland 1879- 125
  • Frederick Jacobi 1891- 128
  • Leoš Janáček 1854-1928 130
  • Werner Janssen 1900- 131
  • Joseph Jongen 1873. 133
  • Werner Josten 1888- 134
  • Paul Juon 1872- 135
  • Heinrich Kaminski 1886- 136
  • Wilhelm Kienzl 1857- 139
  • Lyof Knipper 1898- 140
  • Zoltan Kodály 1882- 141
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1897- 142
  • A. Walter Kramer 1890- 147
  • Alexander Kreyn 1883- 148
  • Ladislas Lajtha 1892- 151
  • Constant Lambert 1905- 151
  • Charles Martin Loeffler 1861- 152
  • Nikolai Lopatnikoff 1903- 153
  • Igor Markevitch 1912- 157
  • Frank Martin 1890- 159
  • Bohuslav Martinu 1890- 161
  • Joseph Marx 1882- 162
  • Pietro Mascagni 1863- 164
  • Daniel Gregory Mason 1873- 165
  • Nikolai Medtner 1880- 167
  • Nikolai Miaskovsky 1881- 168
  • Georges Migot 1891- 170
  • Darius Milhaud 1892- 171
  • Italo Montemezzi 1875- 175
  • Harold Morris 1890- 176
  • Alexander Mossolov 1900- 177
  • Leo Ornstein 1895- 179
  • Ignace Jan Paderewski 1860- 181
  • Hans Pfitzner 1869- 185
  • Willem Pijper 1894- 189
  • Paul Pisk 1893- 191
  • Walter Piston 1894- 192
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti 1880- 193
  • Francis Poulenc 1899- 194
  • John Powell 1882- 196
  • Serge Prokofieff 1891- 198
  • Henri Rabaud 1873- 199
  • Serge Rachmaninoff 1873- 201
  • Maurice Ravel 1875- 205
  • Rhené-Baton 1879- 210
  • Wallingford Riegger 1885. 212
  • Vittorio Rieti 1898- 213
  • Roger-Ducasse 1875- 215
  • Dane Rudhyar 1895- 218
  • Carl Ruggles 1876- 220
  • Victor De Sabata 1892- 221
  • Lazare Saminsky 1882- 224
  • Ernest Schelling 1876- 226
  • Joseph Schillinger 1895- 228
  • Max Von Schillings 1868-1933 230
  • Florent Schmitt 1870. 232
  • Arnold Schönberg 1874- 234
  • Cyril Scott 1879- 238
  • Alexander Scriabin 1871-1915 240
  • Bernhard Sekles 1872- 242
  • Roger Sessions 1896- 245
  • Dmitri Shostakowitch 1906- 246
  • Christian Sinding 249
  • Leone Sinigaglia 1868- 252
  • David Stanley Smith 1877­ 253
  • Leo Sowerby 1895- 255
  • William Grant Still 1895- 256
  • Albert Stoessel 1894- 258
  • Richard Strauss 1864- 259
  • Igor Stravinsky 1882- 260
  • Edwin J. Stringham 1890- 268
  • Alexander Tansman 1897- 270
  • Deems Taylor 1885- 271
  • Alexander Tcherepnine 1899- 273
  • Nikolai Tcherepnine 1873- 275
  • Virgil Thomson 1896- 276
  • Ernest Toch 1887- 278
  • Vincenzo Tommasini 1880- 279
  • Joaquin Turina 1882. 281
  • Edgar Varèse 1885- 283
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams 1872- 284
  • Hector Villa-Lobos 1886- 286
  • H. Waldo-Warner 1874- 288
  • William Walton 1902- 290
  • Anton Webern 1883- 291
  • Kurt Weill 1900- 292
  • Jaromir Weinberger 1896- 295
  • Leo Weiner 1885- 296
  • Adolph Weiss 1891- 298
  • Egon Wellesz 1885- 300
  • Alexander Weprik .1899- 301
  • Riccardo Zandonai 1883- 305
  • Bibliography of Modern Music 309
  • Index 313
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