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

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In his composing, David Stanley Smith believes firmly "in the practise of composing without a piano, especially in the case of music in which there is no piano part. The ability to hear mentally one's own music is highly essential."I am passionately devoted to the great classics from Byrd thru Brahms, Wagner and the later Verdi and Strauss. I am not especially won over to the ultra-moderns, and have little interest in atonalism and the rest. Among modern composers, the only ones to appeal to me are Vaughan-Williams, Fauré, Debussy and Richard Strauss."As for my favorite diversions: I read a great deal in philosophy, poetry, and all great literature in general. I read very few books of the day, and have never read a detective story. I like Italian, tho I can't converse in it. I have dabbled in Russian. Am particularly fond of Greek literature (in translation), and I believe that my music has been at times influenced by it."My hair (usually) is not long, and my relations with friends not especially on a musical basis. I hope I have no violent mannerisms. I don't go in for self-advertising, in fact I dislike the 'ballyhoo' that for many people seems to be the most useful of their accomplishments. I lead a normal, healthy life and live in a nice home. Mrs. Smith, our adopted son and I spend our summers in a colony known as 'Yelping Hill' in Cornwall, Connecticut, where I have a study and enjoy ideal conditions for composition."During the Winter season, David Stanley Smith is the conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (maintained by Yale University) which gives five concerts each season, and assists the School of Music in playing student compositions and supplying accompaniments for concertos.Principal works by David Stanley Smith:
ORCHESTRA : Three symphonies; Prince Hal; Four Melodies; 1929; Fête Galante (for flute and orchestra); Cathedral Prelude (for organ and orchestra); Tomorrow; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.
OPERA : Merrymount.
CHORAL : Rhapsody of St. Bernard; Vision of Isaiah.
DAVID STANLEY SMITH
CHAMBER MUSIC : Five string quartets; Piano Quintet; String Sextet; Sonata for Violin and Piano; Sonata for Violoncello and Piano; Sonata Pastorale (for oboe and piano).

About David Stanley Smith:

Musical America 51:10April 25, 1931.


Dame Ethel Smyth 1858-

DAME ETHEL MARY SMYTH was born in London on April 23, 1858. Her father was General J. H. Smyth of the Royal Artillery. Revealing a marked musical talent, she was sent to the Leipzig Conservatory where she studied under Heinrich von Herzogenberg. Her talent revealed itself in several tasteful compositions for, as Herzogenberg wrote at this time "our young English friend works with very great ardor, and has succeeded in composing some genuinely charming gavottes and sarabandes." When she graduated from the Conservatory she was already a talented composer, proving her merit with a Quintet, performed in Leipzig in 1884, a Sonata for Violin and Piano, performed three years later, and two orchestral works which were performed in London in 1900.

On January 13, 1893 she placed herself as one of the distinguished composers of England, and one of the outstanding women composers of her gen

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