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

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servative composers like himself whose chief concern is the expression of beauty. Reznicek lives in Berlin; since 1919 he has retired from all public life.Principal works by Emil von Reznicek:
OPERA: Donna Diana; Til Eulenspiegel; Ritter Blaubart; Satuala; Spiel oder Ernest?; Der Gondoliere des Dogen.
ORCHESTRA: Eine Lustspielovertüre; Schlemihl; Der Sieger; Symphony in D- Minor; Symphony in F-Minor; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Symphonic Variations on Kol Nidrei; Tanzsymphonie; Raskolnikoff.
CHAMBER MUSIC: String Quartet in C- Minor; Quartet in D-Minor.
CHORAL: In Memoriam; Vater Unser; 7 Deutsche Volkslieder.
Pieces for piano, organ, etc.

About Emil von Reznicek:

Chop Max. E. N. von Reznicek; Specht Richard. E. N. von Reznicek.

Blätter der Staatsoper 14:2 December 31, 1933.


Rhené-Baton 1879-

RHENÉ-BATON, whose original name was René Baton, was born in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, on September 5, 1879. Altho his birthplace was Normandy, Rhené-Baton really considers himself a Breton, because his entire family stemmed from Vitré, and Breton customs always predominated in his household.

After having completed his classical studies, Rhené-Baton was admitted to the Conservatory of Paris, where he remained for two years. If the piano interested him considerably, it was composition that was his major love and, studying under André Bloch and André Géalge, he attained a complete mastery in the technique of composition.

Upon leaving the Conservatory, he first entered upon a musical career by wielding a critical pen for L'Echo de Paris. Then he turned to conducting. At first director of the chorus at the Opéra-Comique ( 1907), he soon graduated into the ranks of orchestral conductors by assuming the leadership of the Concerts Populaires of Angers, the Concerts Sainte-Cécile in Bordeaux and the Concerts Durand in Paris. Since then he has gained world-prominence

as a conductor. In 1910, he conducted the first festival of French music to be given in Germany, in Munich, when the press unanimously praised his extraordinary mastery over his men, one critic characterizing him as the French Felix Mottl." In June 1912 and July 1913, he conducted the orchestra of the Diaghilev Ballet in London, Paris and South America in Stravinsky L'Oiseau de Feu and Sacre du Printemps. He has been guest conductor of practically every symphonic organization in Europe and South America. From 1918 until 1932, he was recognized as one of France's greatest batonists because of the high standard which he maintained in his performances with the Concerts Pasdeloup in Paris.

As a composer, Rhené-Baton has a formidable list of works to his credit, including some fifty pieces for the piano, about sixty songs, and several important works for chamber-groups and orchestra.

Dominique Sordet has written the following concerning Rhené-Baton's compositions: "If the works of Rhené- Baton are not always very significant, they possess at least one merit: inspired by folk-lore, to which they owe no direct debt, they evoke admirably the melodic and rhythmic form of the popular Breton folk-song; they reveal that the composer possesses a live sentimentality

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Rhené-Baton: rĕ-nā′ bă-tôN′

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