- H. Wiley Hitchcock
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(b Skierniewice, Poland, Feb 6, 1909; d London, May 4, 1974). American composer and critic. He was brought to the USA at the age of three and became an American citizen. He studied with Copland and Sessions in New York, and from 1927 to 1931 with Boulanger in Paris. In 1932 his String Quartet was performed at the first Festival of Contemporary American Music at Yaddo. During the 1930s he published considerable criticism of new music, especially in Modern Music and Musical Mercury; his essay ‘The Role of Heinrich Schenker’ (MM, xi, 1933–4, pp.18–23) was probably the first in English to treat that theorist. In 1939 he was appointed teacher of counterpoint and composition at the Dalcroze School of Music in New York. In 1969 he moved to London. Although not a prolific composer, he gained some recognition for his choral and chamber music. He had a special gift for text setting, and lyrical qualities also dominate his instrumental music....