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

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John Tasker Howard includes the following paragraph about Adolph Weiss in his informative book, Our American Music: "Adolph Weiss is another member of the modernist group. He has recently spent some time abroad to strengthen the bond of association between American and European composers. He sought and gained many continental performances for the works of his fellow-Americans. He was a pupil of Schönberg in Vienna, and is in many ways a Schönberg apostle, altho Rosenberg tells how the teacher is reported to question his right to call Weiss his disciple, because of the pupil's independence and ideas of his own. Weiss himself does not like to be classified; he says that 'modernism,''conservatism' are relative terms of vague categorical significance, which mean nothing to the composers who write as they must write. Maybe it would be better to term him 'advanced,' employing acid dissonance to set forth his lyricism, and his music, to quote Paul Rosenfeld, is 'fuller of crabs than Chesapeake Bay.'" Paul Rosenfeld clearly points out that the music of Adolph Weiss, tho influenced by Schönberg, is still a very individual expression. "Compressed, abrupt, excitingly pitched as they are, Schönbergian in their nervousness, their piercing emotionalism and trembling eroticism, they still exhibit a vein ofindividuality. . . . Weiss' music has a stronger relation to diatonism than to the atonality so characteristic of Schönberg's; and his expression is more simply lyrical, more innocently human than Schönberg's fiercer tortured one. . . . Besides, no piece of Weiss fails to strike some expression from the depths, and bring exquisite flashes of music, jewel- like crystallizations in tone."Principal works by Adolph Weiss:
ORCHESTRA: Ballade; American Life; I Segreti; Variations.
CHAMBER MUSIC: Kammersymphonie; Second String Quartet; Third String Quartet; Sonata da Camera (for viola and flute); Woodwind Quintet.
Songs; pieces for piano.

About Adolph Weiss:

Cowell Henry. American Composers On American Music; Howard J. T. Our American Music; Rosenfeld Paul. An Hour with American Music.

Important recordings of music by Adolph Weiss:

NEW MUSIC RECORDINGS: Three Songs.


Egon Wellesz 1885-

EGON WELLESZ, who has distinguished himself equally in musicology and composition, was born in Vienna on October 21, 1885. His studies were pursued at the Vienna University where he specialized in science and history, and where he took special courses in musicology under the eminent Dr. Guido Adler. The study of music was followed intensively at the same time-- harmony under Carl Frühling, counter- point under Arnold Schönberg and composition under Bruno Walter. It was Arnold Schönberg who exerted the greatest influence upon Egon Wellesz, who was subsequently not only to become one of his staunch disciples but also to write the outstanding book that exists on Schönberg's life and work. In 1908 Egon Wellesz received his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Vienna.

There followed an eminent career as musicologist. In 1913 Egon Wellesz became lecturer on musical history in the Vienna University, and for the past twenty years he has given important

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Egon Wellesz: ě'gŏn věl'lech

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