Charles T. Griffes: A Life in Music (Smithsonian Studies of American Musicians)

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9781560981916: Charles T. Griffes: A Life in Music (Smithsonian Studies of American Musicians)
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In 1920, the American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes was on the verge of a major career when he died at age 35. In the previous year, his works had been performed by the orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and the esteemed Flonzaley Quartet. Since then, a few of his compositions--notably the 1918 Piano Sonata--have entered the repertory. Griffes is one of the most significant composers America has yet produced. In this first book about Griffes in half a century, the author's affectionate treatment wears its scholarship lightly. Although reflecting extensive research, Anderson's prose is unpretentious and easy to read. Her overview of Griffes's musical style traces his development from German models to French Impressionism, and ultimately to forging his own musical language. The accompanying discography is especially useful. Recommended for serious music collections.
- E. Gaub, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Anderson, a professor of music history at the State University of New York, here covers the life of American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920) in exhaustive detail. She follows his musical training in Elmira, N.Y., and his study of piano and composition in Berlin. He became music director at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y., while participating in the early-20th-century musical life of New York City. Anderson also examines his personal life and his homosexuality. While some sections, e.g., historical surveys of Tarrytown and the Hackley School, seem unnecessary, chapters about Griffes's music and reputation illuminate his move from reliance on romantic and impressionistic devices to the development of an individual and complex artistic language. Included are a discography and lists of Griffes's works arranged both chronologically and by medium. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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