And I have a copy of the disc with a special "advance pressing" label signed
composer(s). Must have been a few of these around.
Steven Smolian wrote:
Is this a different competition? My memory (again): I have "Song of the
Bayou" by Rube Bloom and I foget the other piece, each on one side of a
Victor record as well as the sheet music to the Bloom with a note about
prize on it.
I'll dig out the rest of the data if anyone wants.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alec McLane" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, April 17, 2006 12:03 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] RCA symphonic work competition - 1929
> There were actually only 4 composers because Robert Russell Bennett was
> awarded 2/5 of the prize. Here's from the liner notes to a Naxos
> of Bennett's _Abraham Lincoln_ (quoted at
> In Paris and Berlin in 1927-28, on a Guggenheim Scholarship, he noticed
> RCA Victor competition with a prize of 25,000 dollars for an outstanding
> orchestral composition, with a small prize for a lighter piece of music.
> He submitted the two works on this disc - the patriotic Abraham Lincoln
> and the abstract orchestral painting of Sights and Sounds. Both pieces
> were scored for an enormous band of musicians and are of large
> RCA Victor's jury consisted of Leopold Stokowski, Serge Koussevitzky,
> Frederick Stock, Rudolph Ganz and Olga Samaroff. They decided no work
> better than any other to win outright and awarded five prizes to Aaron
> Copland's Dance Symphony, Louis Gruenberg's Symphony, Ernst Bloch's
> Helvetia and two 5,000 dollar awards to Bennett's pieces.
> Despite their huge orchestral forces, Bennett's prizewinners were then
> published. Abraham Lincoln was first performed by Stokowski and the
> Philadelphia Orchestra in October 1931, with a second performance given
> fortnight later at the dedication of the Juilliard School's new
> auditorium. For this, Bennett wrote his own programme notes, drawn from
> At 11:19 AM 4/17/2006, Paul Charosh wrote:
>>In 1929, RCA Victor offered a prize of $25,000 for a new symphonic
>>prize was divided among five composers. Copland was one; he received
>>for his submission.
>>How to find out who were the other four recipients? Also, who at
>>was in charge of the competition? Can one find out who were the
>>one find out who submitted works?
> Alec McLane
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