the drama must live to express themselves by means of melody. Certainly, his chief asset . . . appears to be his obvious sincerity and a certain modesty of style, which is never over-elaborate tho often finished and neat."
Principal works of Italo Montemezzi:
OPERAS : Giovanni Gallurese; L'Amore dei Tre Rè; La Nave; Principezza Lontana.
About Italo Montemezzi:
Gilman Lawrence. Nature in Music. Musical America 30:9September 6, 1919.
Important recordings of music by Italo Montemezzi:
VICTOR: Prelude to L'Atmore dei Tre Rè.
DOUGLAS MOORE was born in Long Island, New York, in 1893. His father, the publisher of the Ladies' World, fed him with a balanced intellectual diet from earliest childhood, in which literature and science played as important a part as music. Douglas Moore's early education was pursued in Brooklyn and then in a boarding school; finally, he entered Yale University where, under the guidance of David Stanley Smith and Horatio Parker, his interests were definitely turned towards music.
During the War, Moore served in the Navy, and not until 1918 was he able to continue his musical training. For two years he studied with Vincent D'Indy and Nadia Boulanger in Paris; then, returning to America, his musical education was completed in Cleveland under Ernest Bloch.
For four years, Moore served as director of music at the Art Museum in Cleveland, where he gave recitals on the organ, lectured on musical subjects and arranged all the leading musical events. Here, he gained sufficient distinction as a musical personality to receive, in 1926, the Pulitzer Prize Fellowship in Music which enabled him to reside for a year in Europe and devote himself to serious composition and further study. Upon his return to America, he was appointed a member of the music department of Columbia University, New York, where, in 1928, he was made Associate Professor on the Joline Foundation.
Moore's music, which has been performed by leading symphony orchestras in America, is classical in style--at its best when it is attempting to depict a definite program. Moore's touch is light and deft; his music has sparkle and sting; it is of a wide popular appeal without resorting to cheapness.
Probably the best known of his works is the Barnum Suite which was first performed by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and which has since been performed thruout America. "Here is music," John Tasker Howard informs us, "that comes from the dance halls, not of today, but of the era of the country- fiddle and brass bands, when people were not afraid to be sentimental."
In reviewing the Barnum Suite, Lawrence Gilman has pointed to the frequent charm and sparkle of the music. But, notwithstanding its brightness and popularity, this music is not without its faults, as Mr. Gilman has clearly demonstrated. "The scheme is a gorgeous one. . . . But the suite as a whole leaves us wih an uneasy conviction that Mr. Moore ought to restudy his subject and write his music all over again. We do not feel that he has thought quite to the end of its possibilities. He has been too easily satisfied. The rich blend of vulgarity and extravagance and up- roariousness, the preposterous humor, the preposterous pathos of the theme have yielded him too often a music thin and meagre, insufficiently saturated with its flowing juices. His music lacks pungency and flavor and veracity, despite its occasional wit and its frequent ingenuity."
In 1934, Douglas Moore was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship which once again enabled him to go abroad and to occupy his time with serious composition.
Professor Moore is the author of Listening to Music, an important and intelligent guide to musical technique for the layman.
Principal works by Douglas Moore:
ORCHESTRA : Museum Pieces; Barnum Suite; Moby Dick; Symphony of Autumn;