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date: 19 September 2019

Weil, Oscarlocked

  • William Osborne


(b Livingstone Town[ship], Columbia County, NY, June 2, 1839; d San Francisco, CA, April 14, 1921). American composer, teacher, and critic of German-Jewish parentage. Weil was first educated at a private school in Albany and later studied in Leipzig and Paris. His New York début on 21 May 1863 was conducted by Theodore Thomas. In 1868 Weil settled in San Francisco, where some of his compositions were published as early as 1874. He co-founded the San Francisco Institute of Music and organized the city’s first series of chamber music concerts. He also became general director of the Bush Street Theater, but left in 1881; he settled for a period in Boston, where for four years he served as music director of the Bostonians. He returned to San Francisco in 1898 to teach and write music criticism for the Argonaut.

Many of his works remain unpublished, including some of significant proportions. He wrote solo songs on both English and German lyrics, partsongs, a set of seven vocal waltzes issued by Breitkopf und Härtel in ...

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