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

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"You may safely confide your daughter to the man who composed a work such as this." Shortly after Giordano's return from Naples, he married the hotel proprietor's daughter. And Verdi, who was so instrumental in bringing this marriage to being, became intimately interested in the career of the young composer, and watched his rise to fame with considerable personal satisfaction.Altho Giordano produced several very popular operas after Andrea Chénier-- including Fedora (an operatic version of Sardou's famous play), Madame Sans-Gêne, and Cena delle Beffe--he never equalled the triumph of his first great success. These operas further emphasized what Andrea Chénier first suggested concerning Giordano as a composer--namely, that his lyrical gift was very fertile, but that he was far too superficial to attain genuine greatness. One critic--D. C. Parker--even went so far as to write about Fedora: "The music meanders aimlessly along from aria to a disjointed and spluttering form of recitative. . . . Giordano has the faculty of melody, and gives us many in the course of his work, but striking originality is not plentiful."Principal works by Umberto Giordano:

OPERA: Marina; Mala Vita; Regina Diaz; Andrea Chénier; Fedora; Siberia; Marcella; Mese Mariano; Madame Sans-Gêne; Cena delle Beffe; Giove a Pompei (with Franchetti); Glauco (with Franchetti) ; Il Re.

About Umberto Giordano:

Musical Advance 13:1March 1926; Musical America 7:19. March 21, 1908; Musical Standard 27:25; January 12, 1907.

Important recordings of music by Umberto Giordano:
VICTOR: From Andrea Chénier: "Come un bel di di Maggio" ( Caruso); "Coro Pastorelle," Nemico della Patria?" "Nostra Morte," "Un di all'Azzurro Spazio" (Tokatyan); "Vincino Ate"; From Cena delle Beffe: "Ahi che tormento." "Mi Svesti" (Cortis) ; From Fedora: "Amor ti Vieta di non Amar," "Mia Madre la mia Vecchia Madre" (Martinelli).
COLUMBIA: From Fedora: "Amor ti Vieta" ( Hackett).

Alexander Glazunov 1865-

ALEXANDER CONSTANTINO- VICH GLAZUNOV was born in St. Petersburg on August 10, 1865. His father was a publisher and a bookseller and from him the young boy inherited his life-long love for literature. As a matter of fact, a taste for music was comparatively late in developing within him. As a child, Alexander exhibited a preference for pictures; and then a love for reading replaced his taste for art. It was his mother--a cultured musician and pianist--who finally awakened in the boy a deep appreciation for music. And once having been awakened, it soon supplanted all other interests and diversions.

At the age of nine, Alexander began to take pianoforte and theory lessons with Elenovsky, and long before he was thirteen he was already composing with a prolific and indefatigable pen. 1879, however, was a turning point in the boy's musical career. In that year, young Glazunov met Balakirev, the composer, who was so impressed with the boy's talent that he nicknamed him "Little Glinka" and recommended him to study privately under Rimsky-Korsakoff. "He was a charming boy," Rimsky-Korsakoff wrote in his autobiography in later years "with beautiful eyes, who played the piano very clumsily. . . . Elementary theory and solfeggio proved unnecessary for him, as he had a superior ear. . . . After a few lessons in harmony, I took him directly into counterpoint to which he applied himself zealously. . . . His musical progress developed not by the day but literally by the hour." For a year and a half, Glazunov, studied under the great teacher, growing and developing during this period until Rimsky-Korsakoff told the boy that, notwithstanding his, he was fully equipped both technically and artistically to compose in all seriousness. This was all the encouragement that Glazunov needed and, shortly thereafter, he composed his First Symphony, which was given a performance at a Balakirev concert in 1882. The audience was so enthusiastic at the inherent loftiness and the high conception of this symphonic work that it expressed its appreciation

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Glazunov: glä'zōō-nŏv

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Books of the Same Author ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Key to Pronunciations xiv
  • Joseph Achron 1886- 1
  • George Antheil 1900- 3
  • Kurt Atterberg 1887- 4
  • Louis Aubert 1877- 6
  • Georges Auric 1899- 7
  • Granville Bantock 1868- 8
  • Béla Bartók 1881- 10
  • Arnold Bax 1883- 15
  • Robert Russell Bennett 1894- 16
  • Lord Berners 1883. 20
  • Julius Bittner 1874- 22
  • Arthur Bliss 1891- 23
  • Marc Blitzstein 1905- 24
  • Ernest Bloch 1880- 25
  • Rutland Boughton 1878- 26
  • Walter Braunfels 1882- 29
  • Frank Bridge 1879- 31
  • Alfred Bruneau 1857-1934 32
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman 1881- 35
  • Alfredo Casella 1883- 36
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco 1895- 38
  • Juan José Castro 1895- 40
  • Gustave Charpentier 1860. 41
  • Frederick Shepherd Converse 1871- 46
  • Henry Cowell 1897- 49
  • Sir Frederic H. Cowen 1852- 51
  • Sir Walford Davies 1869- 53
  • Claude Debussy 1862-1918 55
  • Frederick Delius 1863-1934 56
  • Ernst Von Dohnányi 1877. 60
  • Arcady Dubensky 1890- 62
  • Paul Dukas 1865- 64
  • Paul Dupin 1865- 67
  • Georges Enesco 1881- 68
  • Manuel De Falla .1876- 70
  • Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924 72
  • Henri Gagnebin 1886- 79
  • Philippe Gaubert 1879- 80
  • George Gershwin 1898- 80
  • Umberto Giordano 1867- 82
  • Alexander Glazunov 1865- 84
  • Reinhold Glière 1874- 86
  • Michael Gniessin 1883- 90
  • Paul Graener 1872- 91
  • Percy Grainger 1882- 93
  • Alexander Gretchaninoff 1864- 94
  • Louis Gruenberg 1883- 96
  • Alois Hába 1893- 98
  • Henry Hadley 1871- 99
  • Reynaldo Hahn 1874- 101
  • Howard Hanson 1896- 103
  • Sandor Harmati 1892- 104
  • Roy Harris 1898- 106
  • Edward Burlingame Hill 1872- 110
  • Paul Hindemith 1895- 112
  • Gustav Holst 1874-1934 115
  • Arthur Honegger 1892- 117
  • Herbert Howells 1892- 119
  • Jacques Ibert 1890- 120
  • Vincent D'Indy 1851-1931 122
  • Michael Ippolitov-Ivanov 1859- 123
  • John Ireland 1879- 125
  • Frederick Jacobi 1891- 128
  • Leoš Janáček 1854-1928 130
  • Werner Janssen 1900- 131
  • Joseph Jongen 1873. 133
  • Werner Josten 1888- 134
  • Paul Juon 1872- 135
  • Heinrich Kaminski 1886- 136
  • Wilhelm Kienzl 1857- 139
  • Lyof Knipper 1898- 140
  • Zoltan Kodály 1882- 141
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1897- 142
  • A. Walter Kramer 1890- 147
  • Alexander Kreyn 1883- 148
  • Ladislas Lajtha 1892- 151
  • Constant Lambert 1905- 151
  • Charles Martin Loeffler 1861- 152
  • Nikolai Lopatnikoff 1903- 153
  • Igor Markevitch 1912- 157
  • Frank Martin 1890- 159
  • Bohuslav Martinu 1890- 161
  • Joseph Marx 1882- 162
  • Pietro Mascagni 1863- 164
  • Daniel Gregory Mason 1873- 165
  • Nikolai Medtner 1880- 167
  • Nikolai Miaskovsky 1881- 168
  • Georges Migot 1891- 170
  • Darius Milhaud 1892- 171
  • Italo Montemezzi 1875- 175
  • Harold Morris 1890- 176
  • Alexander Mossolov 1900- 177
  • Leo Ornstein 1895- 179
  • Ignace Jan Paderewski 1860- 181
  • Hans Pfitzner 1869- 185
  • Willem Pijper 1894- 189
  • Paul Pisk 1893- 191
  • Walter Piston 1894- 192
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti 1880- 193
  • Francis Poulenc 1899- 194
  • John Powell 1882- 196
  • Serge Prokofieff 1891- 198
  • Henri Rabaud 1873- 199
  • Serge Rachmaninoff 1873- 201
  • Maurice Ravel 1875- 205
  • Rhené-Baton 1879- 210
  • Wallingford Riegger 1885. 212
  • Vittorio Rieti 1898- 213
  • Roger-Ducasse 1875- 215
  • Dane Rudhyar 1895- 218
  • Carl Ruggles 1876- 220
  • Victor De Sabata 1892- 221
  • Lazare Saminsky 1882- 224
  • Ernest Schelling 1876- 226
  • Joseph Schillinger 1895- 228
  • Max Von Schillings 1868-1933 230
  • Florent Schmitt 1870. 232
  • Arnold Schönberg 1874- 234
  • Cyril Scott 1879- 238
  • Alexander Scriabin 1871-1915 240
  • Bernhard Sekles 1872- 242
  • Roger Sessions 1896- 245
  • Dmitri Shostakowitch 1906- 246
  • Christian Sinding 249
  • Leone Sinigaglia 1868- 252
  • David Stanley Smith 1877­ 253
  • Leo Sowerby 1895- 255
  • William Grant Still 1895- 256
  • Albert Stoessel 1894- 258
  • Richard Strauss 1864- 259
  • Igor Stravinsky 1882- 260
  • Edwin J. Stringham 1890- 268
  • Alexander Tansman 1897- 270
  • Deems Taylor 1885- 271
  • Alexander Tcherepnine 1899- 273
  • Nikolai Tcherepnine 1873- 275
  • Virgil Thomson 1896- 276
  • Ernest Toch 1887- 278
  • Vincenzo Tommasini 1880- 279
  • Joaquin Turina 1882. 281
  • Edgar Varèse 1885- 283
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams 1872- 284
  • Hector Villa-Lobos 1886- 286
  • H. Waldo-Warner 1874- 288
  • William Walton 1902- 290
  • Anton Webern 1883- 291
  • Kurt Weill 1900- 292
  • Jaromir Weinberger 1896- 295
  • Leo Weiner 1885- 296
  • Adolph Weiss 1891- 298
  • Egon Wellesz 1885- 300
  • Alexander Weprik .1899- 301
  • Riccardo Zandonai 1883- 305
  • Bibliography of Modern Music 309
  • Index 313
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