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
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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Book title: Composers of Today:A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations.
Contributors: David Ewen - Editor, David Ewen - Compiler.
Publisher: H. W. Wilson.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1934.
Page number: 230.
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