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
|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
|CHAMBER MUSIC : Five string quartets; Piano Quintet; String Sextet; Sonata for Violin and Piano; Sonata for Violoncello and
Piano; Sonata Pastorale (for oboe and
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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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: 255.
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