And I have a copy of the disc with a special "advance pressing" label signed 
by the
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.

  Steve Smolian
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  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
  > proportions.
  > 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
  > below.
  > ___________________________
  > Alec
  > 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
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