|ORCHESTRA: Piano Concerto, No. 1; Parade; Three Chinese Pieces (orchestrated); Piano ConcertoNo. 2; Introduction and Passacaglia.|
|PIANO: Twenty-Four Preludes; Three Chinese Pieces.|
|SONGS: Offering to Eros (lyrics by Elissa Landi ).|
|Howard J. T. Our American Music.|
|Musical Opinion 55:913August 1932; Musical Times 74:881October 1933.|
Important recordings of works by Abram Chasins:
VICTOR: Three Chinese Pieces ( Chasins); Fairy Tale ( Chasins); Three Preludes ( Chasins).
CARLOS CHAVEZ, Mexico's foremost composer, was born in Mexico City in 1899, where he spent his apprentice years. Except for elementary lessons on the piano, which he took in his tenth year from his sister, Chavez has been, as far as music went, entirely self- taught. This, he feels, has been the most important factor in freeing him from all derivative influences and, today, he strongly believes that a composer must be self-taught if he is to be entirely independent in his style.
As a boy, Chavez evinced an enormous interest in the symphony orchestra, and would spend endless hours reading books in order to acquaint himself with every section of the orchestra. Books likewise taught him harmony, counterpoint and theory. When he decided to
As a young man, Chavez traveled extensively thru Germany and France, becoming intimately familiar with modern musical trends. Upon his return to Mexico City, he taught piano and composition, and began to compose with great earnestness. It was probably his vacation away from Mexico that concinced him, upon returning to it, how much musical wealth there lay in autochthonous Mexican music. At any rate, upon his return, he decided to give native Mexican music serious expression in modern forms.
" Mexico," Aaron Copland informs us, "possesses a rich fund of indigenous musical material in the ritualistic music of the Mexican Indian. Little known even in Mexico, it is difficult to hear this music, and it has never been taken seriously by the professional musician of the country. Chavez had visited the Indians each year, and was steeped in their music long before he consciously thought of it as a basis for his own work."____________________