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
|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
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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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: 301.
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