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date: 17 August 2019

Heckscher [née Massey], Celeste de Longprélocked

  • Carol Neuls-Bates

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(b Philadelphia, Feb 23, 1860; d Philadelphia, Feb 18, 1928). American composer. She was born into an artistic family and began composing at the age of ten. Her early training in piano and composition, however, was obtained in spite of her parents' objections. In 1883 she married Austin Stevens Heckscher; they had two daughters and two sons. In the 1890s Heckscher studied composition with Henry Albert Lang and orchestration with Wasili Leps in Philadelphia; she is also reported to have studied in Europe. She composed two operas, The Flight of Time and Rose of Destiny (Philadelphia, 1918); an orchestral suite, Dances of the Pyrenees, which was also staged as a ballet (Philadelphia, 1916); chamber music, piano works and songs. In 1913 she gave a concert of her own compositions at the Aeolian Hall in New York. For many years she was president of the Philadelphia Operatic Society....

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