under me. I shall name only three-- Rudi Stephan, Paul Hindemith and Ottmar Gerster. I never satisfied myself
merely with criticizing the work of my
pupils, but took special pains to go thru
with them the entire history of Form
from that of the song to the symphony.
It was during this period that I learned
the valuable lesson that a conscientious
teacher can learn as much from his
pupils as he teaches them."In 1923 I became the director of the Hoch Conservatory. A whole string
of innovations took place in the institution as a result of my efforts. Last
year, on account of the political upheaval
in Germany, I was compelled to relinquish my post as director of the Conservatory. My home, however, has remained in Frankfurt."As composer, I enjoyed my first
great success with the performance of
my Serenade, for eleven instruments,
which was performed at the Tonkünstlerfest des Allgemeinen Deutschen
Musikvereins in Dresden, in 1908. One
year later, this same work was performed by one hundred different conductors thruout all of Europe. Despite
the fact that this work has been performed thruout the entire music world
with enormous success, it has never
enjoyed a performance in America. My
opera Scheherezade was performed on
fifty different stages. My orchestral
work, Gesichte, was introduced to the
American music public by Leopold
Stokowski. Other of my works have
been performed by leading organizations
thruout Europe, and have brought me
great prestige and enormous personal
satisfaction."Concerning the quality of his compositions, Kathleen D. Hurst has written: "His works are full of exotic
charm, beauty and color and have a certain affinity with the compositions of Cyril Scott."Principal works by Bernhard Sekles:
|OPERAS: Schcherezade; Die Hochzeit des
Faun; Die Zehn Küsse.|
|BALLET: Der Zwerg und die Infantin; Der
Geburtstag der Infantin.|
|ORCHESTRA: Symphony; Die Temperamente; Kleine Suite; Der Dybuk; Gesichte.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Two string quartets; Capriccio; Sonata for Violoncello and Piano;
Musik für Künstler und Laien in der Alten
|Pieces for piano.|
Roger Sessions 1896-
ROGER HUNTINGTON SESSIONS, one of the significant composers in modern American music, was
born in Brooklyn, New York on December 28, 1896. From father to son,
his ancestors had been New England
clergymen and so, despite his birth-
place, Sessions is really a New Englander by heritage. He was educated at
the Kent School in Connecticut from
from which he graduated in 1911; four
years later he graduated from Harvard
University. It was after his graduation
from Harvard that he began to specialize in music. For two years he studied
industriously under Horatio Parker at
the Yale School of Music and then, having mastered his technical studies, he
taught music at Smith College from 1917 until 1921.
It was during this period that he met Ernest Bloch in New York and showed
him the manuscript of his early Symphony. Bloch was so deeply impressed
by the work that he decided to take the
young composer under his personal guidance. For a short while, Sessions
studied under Bloch and then, when Bloch was appointed director of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sessions
became his assistant.
During this period he produced his
first important work ( 1923)--the Black
Maskers, after the play of Andreyev,
which is still being featured on the programs of important symphony orchestras. This work possesses, as Mark
Brunswick points out, "a concentration,
a biting intensity expressed with the
utmost precision and economy."
Roger Sessions remained with the Institute until 1925 when--upon the
forced resignation of Ernest Bloch from
the directorship because he made certain outspoken criticisms about the general policies of the school--Sessions resigned out of protest. Fortunately, he
won a Guggenheim scholarship at this
time which enabled him to go abroad.
He remained in Europe for several
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 246.
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