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date: 24 August 2019

Slonimsky, Nicolaslocked

  • Paula Morgan

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(b St Petersburg, 15/April 27, 1894; d Los Angeles, Dec 25, 1995). American composer and writer on music of Russian birth. At the St Petersburg Conservatory he studied the piano with his aunt, Isabelle Vengerova, and then composition with Kalafati and Shteynberg. In the USA he taught at the Eastman School of Music (1923–5) and then for two years was Koussevitzky's secretary. He conducted the Boston Chamber Orchestra (1927–34) and the Harvard University Orchestra (1927–30). During the 1930s and early 1940s he conducted in Europe and in North and South America, becoming known for his first performances of Ives, Varèse, Riegger, Cowell, Chávez and other composers of the Americas. He was a lecturer at Colorado College (1940, 1947–9), Peabody Conservatory (1956–7) and the University of California at Los Angeles (1964–7). In 1962–3 he travelled throughout eastern Europe as a lecturer under the sponsorship of the State Department....

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Musical Quarterly
Journal of the American Musicological Society