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Andrew Lamb

(Franz Joseph)

(b Graz, June 18, 1850; d Vienna, Oct 28, 1914). Austrian critic and composer. He gave up an engineering career in 1876 to devote himself to music, studying in Graz with W.A. Rémy. Moving to Vienna, he became director of the Academischer Gesangverein in 1876 and the Singakademie in 1878, was a teacher at the conservatory from 1902 and directed the Wiener Männergesang-Verein, 1902–9. He was also a music critic, writing for the Neues Wiener Tagblatt from 1881, the Munich Allgemeine Zeitung from 1889, and succeeding Hanslick on the important and influential Neue freie Presse (1896–1901); he also edited the Musikbuch aus Österreich (1904–6). Besides collections of his criticisms, he published a biography of Schubert (1902). He composed two ballets, four operas and several operettas, and achieved considerable renown in his day with his choral and orchestral works; he is now remembered almost exclusively for his operetta ...


Walter Aaron Clark and William Craig Krause

(b Madrid, March 3, 1891; d Madrid, Sept 12, 1982). Spanish composer, conductor and critic. He first studied music with his father, José Moreno Ballesteros, an organist and teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, and with whom he collaborated on his first zarzuela, Las decididas (1912). He later studied composition with Conrado del Campo at the Royal Conservatory, where his tone poem La ajorca de oro was first performed in 1918. In 1926 he married Pilar Larregla, the daughter of a Navarrese composer; the folk music of Navarra along with that of Castile was to serve as a major source of inspiration in his music. Although not a guitarist himself, in the 1920s his growing friendship with Segovia inspired him to begin writing for the guitar, and the resulting compositions such as Sonatina (1924) and Piezas características (1931) are among his finest works. He also established himself as a composer for the stage, and his zarzuela ...