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

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ness, ingenuity, frequent picturesqueness of fancy and adroitness of expression."The Victory Ball, after Alfred Noyes' poem, is probably Schelling's most famous work to date--and after its first performance by Leopold Stokowski and the Philharmonic Orchestra in 1923, it became a permanent addition to the library of modern symphonic music. This is, no doubt, Schelling at his best--composing music of a graphic nature in a conservative idiom. "The gaiety of the dancers," explains John Tasker Howard, "is halted by sounds of war, by the spirits of the fallen, the roll of the drums and taps. It is vivid music, uncompromising in its reminder of war."Recently, Ernest Schelling has brought great prestige to his name by conducting annual series of concerts for children in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. His charm, taste and tact have done much in transmitting a love for great music, and a technical knowledge of the art, to children who adore his concerts. Radio broadcasts on Saturday mornings of his Children's concerts with the Philharmonic Symphony Society have made Schelling something of a national figure.Ernest Schelling, when he is at work on a composition, usually labors twenty- four hours a day until the work is finished. It is impossible for him to stop at any set time to have luncheon; interruptions may be the death of a phrase, or the death of an idea. His favorite composers are Bach and Chopin; and he idolizes Paderewski, both as a musician and as a personality.Schelling is enormously fond of sport, and is very adept at it. He skates well; he is fond of tobogganing; he is a fine pistol shot; he can fence with aptitude; and he finds relaxation in fishing. His most absorbing interest, however, is teaching music-appreciation to children --and he is often tempted to believe that this phase of his artistic career is, perhaps, the most significant of all.Principal works by Ernest Schelling:
ORCHESTRA: Suite Fantastique; Symphony in C-Minor; Légende Symphonique; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Impressions of an Artist's Life; Victory, Ball; Morocco.
Pieces for piano.

About Ernest Schelling:

Howard John Tasker. Our American Music.

Herald-Tribune Magazine December 7, 1930.

Important recordings of music by Ernest Schelling:

VICTOR : Victory Ball (Mengelberg).


Joseph Schillinger 1895-

JOSEPH SCHILLINGER, one of the more interesting composers of modern Russia, was born in Kharkov on September 1, 1895. His first musical education was acquired without teachers, from books and personal experimentation with the piano. It was not until 1914 that he pursued systematic musical training, when he entered St. Petersburg Conservatory, studying composition under Tchernov and Tcherepnine. Upon graduation, in 1917, he served for a short while as the conductor of the Student Symphony Orchestra, and then entered upon the study of pedagogy which has since been one of the major pursuits of his musical career. From 1918 until 1924 he was professor and dean of the State Conservatory in Kharkov. Since Autumn 1922, he has led the composition class at the State Institute of Musical Education in Leningrad, and from 1926 until 1928 he held a similar position at the State Institute of the History of Art in Leningrad. During the summer of 1927, Professor Schillinger was delegated by the State Institute of the History of Art to the region of the Caucasus, where he succeeded in making a number of phonograph records of the native folk-songs of Georgian tribes, heretofore unknown to the scientific world. In 1928, he was made an officer of the committee of Contemporary Music of the State Institute of the History of Art.

Shortly thereafter, Joseph Schillinger came to America, making his home in New York where he has since been enormously active as teacher of composition. He has also distinguished himself as the inventor of the "Principles of Automatic Composition" applied to sound, light and action. These principles are based on mathematics and

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Schillinger: shĭl' ĭn-jĕr

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