By Kenneth W. Hart
this is often the 1st biography of this crucial determine, and it truly is advised from the perspective of an established colleague and buddy. Aligned with the biography, Kenneth W. Hart analyzes a few of Pfautsch's hundreds and hundreds of compositions. this is often the definitive paintings on some of the most influential American choral musicians of the 20 th century.
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Extra info for A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch
He had the physical and mental stamina to do it and was determined to learn all that he felt he needed to learn. “Julius was a very good teacher for him,” Pfautsch asserted. Aside from absorbing what Shaw learned as it was shared with the chorus in rehearsal, Pfautsch also worked directly with Herford as he was preparing to enter the MSM program at Union Theological Seminary. He clearly understood the concept of analyzing the music one intends to conduct before ever approaching the ensemble for a first rehearsal.
He was right in that the next year David McK. Williams was replaced by Leon Barzun. Like Greenfield, Barzun was an orchestral conductor in the New York area and shared his belief in teaching beat patterns, beat pattern control, facility within the patterns, and the like. ” Not all of his conducting experiences in the second year were happy ones, though. Alfred Greenfield had organized a series of concerts in which all of the MSM students were expected to conduct. The singers and organists for the concert were their own classmates.
Finally the men receive two parts for TB and he finished the work with true SATB writing, ending with the final two measures of the original accompaniment for the keyboard part, but with the flute/oboe-stop tune superimposed above it. Because he introduced the changes so gradually and subtly, the piece does not sound like an early work with a new verse tacked on. Rather, it moves logically to the new, more complex ending in a very convincing and disarming manner. As will be seen in future compositions, both intelligence of approach and sensitivity of musical expression remained hallmarks of this talented composer’s repertoire.
A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch by Kenneth W. Hart