COMPOSERS IN AMERICA by Claire Reis

COMPOSERS IN AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The sub-title is definitive:- ""Biographical Sketches of Living Composers with a Record of Works Produced -- 1912-1937."" -- A valuable and complete compendium of living composers either American born, or considering America their home and the place where their important work has been produced. They are listed alphabetically and under each name is a brief sketch giving dates, place of birth, musical background and influence. Bibiliography of works since 1912, whether published or in manuscript form, listed under specific annotated headings, and excluding songs. There is no personal attempt at judgment; prizes awarded and number of compositions give the clue. The introduction indicates a new musical awareness, a new musical product with its own individuality, and Mrs. Reis' claim is supported by the varied quantity of compositions in this brief period. A book that is essential for musical libraries, for school and local orchestra reference shelves, for critics and instructors and musicians everywhere. A wide distribution should help stimulate gifted composers and add freshness to program making for concerts and radio. Definitely a book for direct mail or telephone sale.

Publisher: Macmillan