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Bott, Anton  

Sergio Martinotti

revised by Christopher Fifield

Member of Bott family

(b Gross-Steinheim, nr Mainz, Dec 24, 1795; d Kassel, Dec 19, 1869). German oboist, violinist, and composer. He was the younger brother of Johann Joseph Bott, a musician in the Darmstadt Kapelle who wrote many dances and variations, mostly for guitar. Anton trained as a military musician and became a friend of Spohr, through him obtaining a position as oboist in a regimental band at Kassel. He was also an unpaid violinist in the Kassel Kapelle. From ...


Caldwell, James Boone  

Michelle Vigneau

(b Gladewater, TX, Dec 3, 1938; d Elyria, OH, Feb 8, 2006). American oboist, baroque oboist, viola da gambist, and educator. He earned a diploma in 1961 from the Curtis Institute where he studied with john de Lancie . Caldwell served as principal oboist of the National SO (NSO) from 1965–66 and 1968–1971, and was principal oboist of the short-lived Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia from 1966–68. He played with the Puerto Rico Symphony and the Casals Festival Orchestra, and was a frequent performer at the Marlboro Music Festival. In 1971, Caldwell joined the faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he trained many of the profession’s leading oboists, including Alex Klein, former principal oboist of the Chicago SO. Caldwell’s pedagogy was unusual, as he rarely mentioned the oboe. His students learned to play as a result of the musical demands of the phrase.

As a chamber musician, he was a member of the Soni Ventorum Quintet, the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, and the Oberlin Woodwind Quintet. While playing in the NSO in the late 1960s, he also became interested in the viola da gamba and studied with noted teacher August Wenzinger. He became an accomplished viol player as well as a celebrated baroque oboist, earning a reputation as a leading scholar in historical performance. With his wife, cellist and viola da gambist Catharina Meints, he co-founded the Baroque Performance Institute, the first American summer school for historical performance, in ...


Clemencic, René  

J.M. Thomson

(b Vienna, Feb 27, 1928; d Vienna, March 8, 2022). Austrian recorder player, conductor, teacher, and composer. He studied the recorder with Hans Ulrich Staeps, Johannes Collette, and Linda Höffer von Winterfeld, and keyboard instruments with Eta Harich-Schneider. He took the doctorate in philosophy at Vienna University in 1956. He cultivated a lyrical style of playing and was much attracted by improvisatory techniques in both early and contemporary music. His instrument collection included a tenor trombone by Georg Neuschel of Nuremberg (1557), one of the oldest surviving specimens.

In 1958 he founded Musica Antiqua, known as the Ensemble Musica Antiqua from 1959. This group performed music of the Middle Ages to the Baroque on authentic instruments. In 1968 Clemencic founded a group known, from 1969, as the Clemencic Consort, an ensemble for the performance of medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and avant-garde music. Based in Vienna, it is notable for its exploration and staging of little-known 17th-century operas (such as Antonio Draghi’s ...


Coker, Jerry  

Dave Gelly

revised by Barry Kernfeld

(b South Bend, IN, Nov 28, 1932). American tenor saxophonist, composer, and teacher. On his birth certificate, Jerry Coker is his full given name. He joined Woody Herman’s orchestra in late 1953, interrupting his music studies at Indiana University, and toured with the group until summer 1954; his solo on I Love Paris (1953, Mars 1002) attracted considerable critical acclaim. He recorded in Paris for the Vogue label (1954) and in San Francisco as a leader and with Mel Lewis (both 1956), then worked as a freelance on the West Coast, playing for a brief period with Stan Kenton. His work with college bands led to his becoming a prominent teacher of jazz, and in 1960 he was appointed to the first of several university posts. Coker has written a number of books about jazz and is one of the most highly regarded writers within the field of jazz education; he has also composed for student bands. In the mid-1980s he recorded two new albums as a leader, ...


Crisara, Raymond D.  

Joel A. Treybig

(b Cortland, NY, Oct 19, 1920). American He began the trumpet at ten, played in his father’s town band, and studied with Ernest S(amuel) Williams. After serving as a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan (1940), he left in 1941 to join the Goldman Band as soloist and also was contracted as first trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He served in the military from 1942 to 1946, playing with the army band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and working in a special service unit at Fort Slocum, New York that performed concerts and recorded music for films and radio broadcasts for military personnel. In 1946, he became associate first trumpet/third trumpet under Arturo Toscanini for the NBC Symphony. He also worked as a studio musician in every available medium. He served as soloist for the Band of America, the Casals Festival (Puerto Rico), and the premiere of Husa’s ...


Davenport, (Jack) LaNoue  

J.M. Thomson

(b Dallas, TX, Jan 26, 1922; d Suffern, NY, Nov 4, 1999). American recorder player, editor, teacher, and conductor. His early musical experience included playing the trumpet in small jazz bands and in Broadway pit bands and arranging music for shows in New York. While studying with erich Katz at the New York College of Music he developed an interest in early music. He learned to play the recorder, crumhorn, sackbut, and viola da gamba and arranged and directed medieval and Renaissance music. He edited music for the American Recorder Society, which published several of his compositions, and later was general editor of the series Music for Recorders (Associated Music Publishers). He took part in the debut of the New York Pro Musica Antiqua under Noah Greenberg in 1953 and rejoined them from 1960 until 1970; during this time he became director of the instrumental consort and assistant director of the Renaissance band. He toured internationally with them and played on many recordings. In ...


Davis, William (American bassoonist and composer)  

Kimberly Woolly

(b US, 1949). American bassoonist and composer. He earned degrees at the University of Kansas (BM, MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA 1980), where he worked with Austin Ledwith and David Van Hoesen, respectively. He also studied composition with John Pozdro, Samuel Adler, and warren Benson ...


Deal, Karen Lynne  

Gary Galván

(b Richmond, VA, May 7, 1957). American conductor, educator, and flutist. Karen Deal studied flute at Oral Roberts University (BMus 1980) and orchestral conducting at Virginia Commonwealth University (MM 1982). She made her European conducting debut in 1984 with the Pro Arte Orchestra in Vienna, Austria, while pursuing postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darnstellende Kunst. During coursework toward a DMA in orchestral conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Deal studied with Praul Vermel on an Aspen Music Festival Fellowship (1988) and won the National Repertory Orchestra Biennial Conducting Competition. She was the founding director for the Sinfonia Concertante in Maryland in 1988 and the Chesapeake Youth Symphony in 1990 while serving as Associate Conductor for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and teaching music history and flute at Loyola College.

After study with gustav Meier , Leonard Slatkin, and Leon Fleisher at the Tanglewood Music Festival in ...


Dean, Allan  

Michael Ellzey

(b Macon City, IA, April 29, 1938). American trumpeter and educator. Active in early music, he was a founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band. He was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and also freelanced as a performer and studio musician for over 20 years in New York City. In 1982 he joined the faculty of Indiana University and in 1989 he became an adjunct professor at Yale University, where he currently teaches trumpet, coaches brass chamber music, and directs the Yale Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble. He has also taught at the Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School, and the Eastman School.

Dean currently performs and teaches each summer at the Mendez Brass Institute in addition to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. He frequently appears as a soloist with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. He has appeared internationally at the Spoleto and Casals Festivals, the Banff Centre (Canada), the Oxford Arts Centre (Canada), Musiki Blekinge (Sweden), the Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil), and the Morella Festival (Spain). His performances on both the modern trumpet and early brass instruments can be heard on over 80 recordings released by, among others, RCA, Columbia, Nonesuch, and Summit labels....


DeRosa, Vincent  

Gerald E. Wood

(b Kansas City, MO, Oct 5, 1920). American horn player, recording artist, and educator. A child of musicians John DeRosa (clarinet) and Clelia DeRubertis DeRosa (vocalist), he started studying the horn at an early age with Peter Dilecce of the Chicago Civic Opera Orchestra. After moving to Los Angeles, he studied briefly with his uncle, Vincent DeRubertis, a staff horn player for Paramount Studios, and Alfred Brain, principal horn at 20th Century Fox. At age 17 he began his career as a member of the horn section at 20th Century Fox (1937) before enlisting in the US Army in 1942. After his discharge in 1945 he launched a freelance recording career in Los Angeles, attracting the attention of numerous film composers. He can be heard on film, television, and popular music recordings, and stands as one of the most widely recorded West Coast brass musicians. His session performances helped refine what became known as the “Los Angeles Horn Sound,” which remained prominent throughout the second half of the 20th century. In addition to his performing career, he served for 30 years as a horn professor at the University of Southern California (...


Doran, Matt H(iggins)  

Barbara A. Petersen

revised by Greg A Steinke

(b Covington, KY, Sept 1, 1921). American composer and flute teacher. He attended Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California (BA 1948, BM 1949, MM 1951, DMA 1953), where he studied composition with ernst Toch , gail Kubik , ernest Kanitz , and hanns Eisler . He also studied privately with peter jona Korn . His principal flute teachers were Ary Van Leeuwen, Archie Wade, Jules Furman, Frohman Foster, and William Hullinger; early in his career he played with the Corpus Christi (TX) and Muncie (IN) SOs and other ensembles. From 1953 to 1955, he taught at Del Mar College (Corpus Christi), and in 1957, after a year at Ball State University (Muncie), he joined the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, becoming professor in 1966. He has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1954) and two Huntington Hartford Foundation awards (1956, 1964). In ...


Dudgeon, Ralph T.  

Michael Ellzey

(b East McKeesport, PA, Nov 8, 1948). American trumpeter and pedagogue. He attended San Diego State University (BA 1970, music education; MA, trumpet performance) and the University of California, San Diego (PhD 1980, music). He taught music at the State University of New York at Cortland from 1985 to 2012, and has served as instructor of trumpet at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He has also been a research consultant for the instrument museum in Schloss Kremsegg in Kremsmünster, Austria.

Considered one of the leading scholars and performers on the keyed bugle, he wrote the definitive volume on the instrument, The Keyed Bugle (Metuchen, NJ, 1993, 2/2004). His debut solo album, Music for Keyed Bugle, is the first full-length recording devoted to the keyed bugle. His Das Flügelhorn (Bergkirchen, Germany, 2004) was published in both English and German editions. His many other scholarly publications include contributions to the ...


Gatlin, F. Nathaniel  

Trudi Ann Wright

(b Summit, MS, July 5, 1913; d Petersburg, VA, April 16, 1989). American conductor, clarinetist, and educator. He gained his musical training at Oberlin College, Northwestern University, and Columbia University, where he received his doctorate in music education. After graduation he became a faculty member at Bennett College and then at Lincoln University in Missouri. From 1947 he spent 29 years working at Virginia State College (from 1979, Virginia State University), where he directed instrumental music. He led military, symphonic, and marching bands, which toured and won recognition throughout North America and Europe. He was also active as a band clinician, guest conductor, and workshop consultant. Along with his work as an educator, Gatlin maintained a performance career as a clarinetist, appearing with numerous US bands and orchestras including the St. Louis SO.

In 1960 Gatlin co-founded the Intercollegiate Music Association with Evelyn Johnson and Albert Grauer which in the early 2010s was continuing to “enrich and enhance the development of the students” in its historically black member institutions. After his retirement from Virginia State in ...


Gomberg, Ralph  

George Gelles

(b Boston, MA, June 18, 1921; d Whelan, MA, Dec 9, 2006). American oboist, brother of harold Gomberg . At the age of 14 he entered the Curtis Institute and studied with Tabuteau , as had his brother. Three years later Stokowski appointed him principal oboist in the All-American Youth Orchestra. After four years of military service he became solo oboist with the Baltimore SO and concurrently head of the oboe department at the Peabody Conservatory. After playing in the New York City Center SO at the invitation of Bernstein, in ...


Guidé, Guillaume  

Stefaan Verdegem

(b Liège, April 7, 1859; d Bruxelles, July 19, 1917). Belgian oboist, teacher, and director of the Brussels Monnaie opera house. He studied oboe at the Liège Conservatoire with Alphonse Romedenne, receiving the premier prix in 1875, and a gold medal in 1877. Guidé started his career as principal oboe of the Association Artistique in Angers, France, where he became acquainted with a number of young French composers including Massenet, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, and Vincent d’Indy, who dedicated his Fantaisie pour Orchestre et Hautbois principal op.31 to him. In 1884 he became the oboe teacher at the Brussels Conservatoire, and principal oboe of the Monnaie opera house. Much admired by conductors and composers such as Felix Mottl, Hans Richter, and Richard Strauss—who called him ‘the poet of the oboe’—Guidé’s reputation was renowned throughout Europe. Considered the godfather of the Belgian oboe school, the most famous of his students was Henri De Busscher, who influenced Leon Goossens and the English oboe school, and, later, as oboist of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, the American oboe school as well. Also gifted as a conductor and concert organizer, Guidé became co-director, together with Maurice Kufferath, of the Monnaie opera house in ...


Hill, Douglas  

Patrick Richards

[Doug ]

(b Lincoln, NE, Feb 6, 1946). American horn player and pedagogue. Hill began studying horn in his early teens in Lincoln, Nebraska, with Jack Snider and later studied with philip Farkas and Paul Ingraham. He received the bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and the Master of Music cum laude from Yale University. He taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1974. He has been a member of the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Wingra Wind Quintet, the New York Brass Quintet, and the American Brass Quintet. He also has served as principal horn for the Rochester PO and the Madison SO and has toured with the Henry Mancini and Andy Williams orchestras. Hill’s recordings include The Modern Horn (1996) and Music for Horn and Piano (1999), both with Karen Zaczek Hill. He has also composed dozens of works, including those recorded on ...


Hove, Carolyn  

Anna Pennington

(b United States). American oboist, English horn player, and pedagogue. Carolyn Hove attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and upon graduation moved to Chicago where she maintained an active performance schedule. While in Illinois she taught at Northern Illinois University and Elmhurst College. In 1986 she became English horn player with the San Antonio Symphony, and two years later secured the same post with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position she held until 2011. During the past quarter century Hove has been featured as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic numerous times and also has been involved in the creation and premiere of many new works for her instrument. Composers that have written pieces for her include Esa-Pekka Salonen and William Kraft. She also recorded two solo CDs for the Crystal Records label, 20th Century Music for English Horn and Oboe in 1996 and Ascending to Superlatives...


Johnson, Tommy (ii)  

Richard H. Perry

[John Thomas ]

(b Los Angeles, CA, Jan 7, 1935; d Los Angeles, CA, Oct 16, 2006). American tuba player and educator. He attended the University of Southern California (BM 1956), where he studied with Robert Marsteller. In 1958 he began a recording career that eventually included more than 2000 film soundtracks, notably those for The Godfather, Jaws, Titanic, The Matrix, and the Indiana Jones and Star Trek movies, and hundreds of television shows. During his lifetime Johnson was thought to be the most heard tuba player in the United States. He received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player award for tuba for six years in a row from 1974 to 1980; the following year he was designated Emeritus Most Valuable Tuba Player, making him ineligible to win the award again. Johnson also was a member of the Glendale SO and the Los Angeles Tuba Quartet, and he appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony, and the LA Pops Orchestra....


Jones, Mason  

Martha Woodward

(b Hamilton, NY, June 16, 1919; d Wynnewood, PA, Feb 19, 2009). American horn player. He attended the Curtis Institute (1936–8), where he was a pupil of marcel Tabuteau and fritz Reiner , and joined the Philadelphia Orchestra at Eugene Ormandy’s invitation in 1938. He was its principal horn from 1940 until he retired in 1978. He also worked as its personnel manager (1963–86) and conductor of its in-school concerts. Jones appeared as a soloist and made recordings with the orchestra, as well as with the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet and the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble. His publications include editions of solos and orchestral studies for horn. In 1946 he was appointed to the faculty of the Curtis Institute, where he served as professor of horn for 49 years. Jones’s playing is characterized by great warmth and naturalness and by a rare cantabile quality. A total control of the dynamic possibilities of his instrument enabled him to achieve a particularly expressive sound....


Kessner, Daniel  

Danilo Mezzadri

(b Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 1946). American composer, conductor, flutist, and lecturer. Kessner studied composition with henri Lazarof at UCLA where he earned a PhD with Distinction in 1971. He taught music composition and theory at California State University, Northridge, from 1970 to 2006. Kessner has composed more than 100 works: orchestral (14), choir and stage (9), symphonic band (8), and various chamber music settings (80). His music is performed worldwide and has been recorded commercially. His compositional style evolved into centric harmony with explorations in microtonality and free rhythmic associations. While at California State University, he founded and directed The Discovery Players, a contemporary music performance group. He has served as guest conductor for several regional orchestras in the United States and for the Black Sea Philharmonic of Constanta, Romania. With his wife and pianist Dolly Eugenio Kessner, he created the Duo Kessner, which primarily performs contemporary flute literature. Since ...