Herbert Elwell

Herbert Elwell ( born May 10, 1898 in Minneapolis, † April 17, 1974 in Cleveland) was an American composer and music educator.

Elwell graduated from the University of Minnesota and with Ernest Bloch in New York. At the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, he was a pupil of Nadia Boulanger. His arisen at this time Quintet for Piano and Strings (1924 ) had more success than George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which was premiered in the same concert. His meistaufgeührtes work, the ballet The Happy Hypocrite, was created in 1925 while studying at the American Academy in Rome.

On the recommendation Bloch Elwell in 1928 taught composition and music theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he taught until 1945. Until 1954, he taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, next summer he gave courses at the Eastman School of Music. Among his pupils were, inter alia, Bain Murray, Walter Aschaffenburg and Howard Whittaker. In the 1960s, he participated in a project of the University of Southern California for the training of music critics. In 1961 he was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music.

Elwell composed a number of large vocal works, including the Blue Symphony for soprano and string quartet (1945 ), the Pastorale for soprano and symphony orchestra based on texts of the Old Testament and The Forever Young by anti-war poems of Pauline Hanson ( composed for the soprano Marie Simmelink force). As a composer of songs, he set, inter alia, Poems by William Shakespeare, Robert Frost and John Gould Fletcher. His symphonic works took conductors such as Artur Rodzinski, Leopold Stokowski, William Steinberg and Howard Hanson on in their repertoire, his chamber music was, inter alia, performed by the violinist Sidney Harth, soprano Lois Marshall and Arthur Loesser Piamisten, Beryl Rubinstein and Beveridge Webster.


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