This energetic work--commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra--adds to Adler's large body of dynamic works for organ. A short evocative introduction precedes the exciting toccata, and returnsat the end as a short conclusion.
VIV 326, 12 Pages, $8.95
Guild of Temple Musicians
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Samuel Adler was born in Mannheim, Germany in 1928 and came to the United States in 1939. He holds a B.M. from Boston University, an M.A. from Harvard University, a Doctor of Music (honorary) from Southern Methodist University, a doctor of Fine Arts (honorary) from Wake Forest University, a Doctor of Music (honorary) from St. Mary’s College in Indiana, and a Doctor of Music (honorary) from Saint Louis Conservatory. During his tenure in the U.S. Army, he founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra. Because of the orchestra’s great psychological and musical impact on the European cultural scene, he was awarded the Army’s Medal of Honor.
Adler’s catalog includes more than 300 published works in all media including five operas, six symphonies, eight string quartets, six concerti (organ, piano, violin, flute, saxophone quartet, woodwind (quintet), many shorter orchestral works, chamber music, a great deal of choral music and songs. He has published three books: Choral Conducting, an anthology (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971), second edition (Schirmer Books, 1985); Sight Singing (W.W. Norton, 1979); and The Study of Orchestration (W.W. Norton, 1982, 1989), and numerous articles in major magazines and reference books here and abroad.
Since 1966, Adler has been Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music and chairman of the composition department since 1974. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in June 1994. In 1984, he was made a Mentor of the University of Rochester. Previous to this, he was Professor of Composition at North Texas State University (1957-1966) and Music Director at Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas (1953-1966). From 1954 to 1958 he was Director of the Dallas Lyric Theater. He has been a guest composer or conductor at over 300 universities and colleges worldwide and conducted All-State orchestras, choruses, and bands in 37 states. He has received commissions and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1975, 1978,1980, and 1982), the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Barlow Foundation, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Pro Arte Quartet, the Welsh Arts Council, Koussevitzky Foundation Memorial Commission, Oklahoma City Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and many others.
He has been awarded many prizes including a 1990 award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Charles Ives Award, the Lillian Fairchild Award, etc. In 1983, he won the Deems Taylor Award for his book on orchestration; in 1984, he was appointed Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University College in Cardiff, Wales, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1984-1985. He has been a MacDowell Fellow for five years between 1954 and 1963. In 1986, he received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from Boston University. The Music Teachers’ National Association selected Adler as its "Composer of the Year 1987-1987" for Quintalogues, which one the national competition. In the 1988-89 year, has was designated the "Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar." In 1989 he was awarded The Eastman School’s Eisenhart Award for distinguished teaching, and he has been given the honor of Composer of the Year (1991) for the American Guild of Organists. During his second visit to Chile, Adler was elected to the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts (1993) "for his outstanding contributions to the world of music as composer, conductor, and author."
His works have been performed by major symphonic, choral and chamber organizations in the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and Israel including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony as well as the orchestras of Kansas City, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and others. Adler has also appeared as conductor with major orchestras both here and abroad and his compositions have been recorded on RCA, Vanguard, Crystal, CRI, Lyrichord, Mark, Turnabout, Gasparo, and Golden Crest Records.
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