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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 12" 
Victor record as well as the sheet music to the Bloom with a note about his 
prize on it.

I'll dig out the rest of the data if anyone wants.

Steve Smolian
----- 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 recording 
> of Bennett's _Abraham Lincoln_ (quoted at 
> http://www.naxos.com/mainsite/blurbs_reviews.asp?item_code=8.559004&catNum=559004&filetype=About%20this%20Recording&language=English):
>
> __________________________
> 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.
> ___________________________
>
> 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  work.
>>The
>>prize was divided among five composers.  Copland was  one; he received 
>>$5,000
>>for his submission.
>>
>>How to find out  who were the other four recipients?  Also, who at 
>>RCA/Victor
>>was in  charge of the competition?  Can one find out who were the judges?
>>Can
>>one find out who submitted works?
>>
>>Paul Charosh
>
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