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

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opera-ballet, The Daughter of Jephta, are tempestuous and violent, reaching at times peaks of volcanic ecstasy. And if Isaac Goldberg characterizes Saminsky's music as of "unforced originality and subtlety," another eminent American critic, Lawrence Gilman, described it as "an extraordinary gamut for color and dynamics, full of barbaric, original and salient features."In discussing his own manner of work, Lazare Saminsky writes: "I cannot work upon one piece at a time, as most composers do. I always compose several works at once; when I am tired of concentrating on one, I turn to the other. I usually write my first sketch swiftly, even in case of a larger form, but then I rewrite and remodel the thing endlessly. I hate to rush a composition; therefore, only once in my life have I written for a prize-competition, and always regret it. I like to work in the morning, beginning early; I never compose in the evening or at night. Sunshine and foliage give me the greatest impetus in my work. I cannot work or compose in enclosed places, narrow rooms; detest places without horizons, and therefore, hate cities. I can work best in the country, and can stay there forever. . . . I cannot work in a room littered up with things, or in disorder. I pity things, just as I pity human beings; I cannot see them mutilated or soiled or thrown around in disorder. I hate noise, and am unable to compose a note in noisy surroundings. For my work I need complete silence, profound abandon and absorption."Concerning his diversions: "I love physical play--walking, riding, swimming, etc.--rather than mental play. But I was ever a reading addict. I never could resist a book, or rather, books. Of other arts, painting is my passion; and visiting galleries is one of my best beloved diversions."As far as my musical preferences go, Mozart was my favorite composer since my childhood, and remains so. His Requiem, Piano Concerto in D- Minor and Quartet in D-Minor were ever my best beloved works. Wagner and Scriabin had a deep and lasting influence upon me, an emotional influence, so to speak. Rimsky-Korsakoff--and, much later, Schönberg--had a rather technical influence; I was affected by their means and special mastery, rather than by anything else in their composition."Principal works by Lazare Saminsky:
ORCHESTRA : First Symphony: Of the Great Rivers; The Vow (for piano and orchestra); Second Symphony: Of the Summits; Third Symphony: Of the Seas; Litanies of Women (for voice and small orchestra); Fourth Symphony; Fifth Symphony: City of Salomon and Christ; Ausonia; To a Young World.
OPERA AND BALLET : Rachel; The Vision of Ariel; The Plague's Gagliarda; The Daughter of Jephta.
CHORUSES AND SONGS : Four Sacred Choruses; Hebrew Song Cycle; The Prophet; Olga's Song Cycle; Sabbath Evening Service; By the Rivers of Babylon; The Lying Day Cycle; To the Mountains.

About Lazare Saminsky:

Ewen David. Hebrew Muric. Howard J. T. Our American Music; Paoli Domenico de and others. Lazare Saminsky ( Bloch Publishing Co.).

Herald-Tributte December 7, 1930.


Erik Satie 1866-1925

"The performance of Satie Parade will stand in the history of French music as a date equally important with that of the first performance of Pelléas et Mélisande."-- DARIUS MILHAUD

ERIK ALFRED LESLIE SATIE-- who was one of the most significant and influential pioneers of modern music --was born in Honfleur, Calvados, on March 17, 1866 to a musical family. His mother, of Scotch descent, was a composer of agreeable piano pieces; and his father was not only a composer of some reputation but also a music-publisher prominent in Paris. Erik Satie, therefore, sucked musical learning together with his mother's milk. As a child, he evinced a great fondness for liturgic chants and would sit for hours listening to them; and his progress with the piano was astonishing.

In 1883, he entered the Paris Conservatory where he spent a year of great misery and dissatisfaction. His temperament, from earliest youth, could express itself musically only with strange harmonies and pointed, often ugly, disson

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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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