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From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] RCA symphonic work competition - 1929
> Isn't this the composition for which Tom Griselle won a prize for his Two
> American Nocturnes? (Also on a Naxos CD, Symphonic Jazz.)
> Alec McLane wrote:
> 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
> recording of Bennett's _Abraham Lincoln_ (quoted at
> In Paris and Berlin in 1927-28, on a Guggenheim Scholarship, he
> noticed an 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 proportions.
> RCA Victor's jury consisted of Leopold Stokowski, Serge Koussevitzky,
> Frederick Stock, Rudolph Ganz and Olga Samaroff. They decided no work
> was 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 a fortnight later at the dedication of the Juilliard School's
> new auditorium. For this, Bennett wrote his own programme notes,
> drawn from below.
> 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?
> >Paul Charosh
> Alec McLane
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