Schillinger, Joseph

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1895-09-01
Death 1943-03-23
Gender:
Male
Russian, English

Biographical notes:

Commissioned for radio performance by RCA, 1930. Composed 1930.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of North-Russian symphony, op. 22 / Joseph Schillinger. [1930] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54053672

Joseph Schillinger was a composer and teacher of musical composition who combined the study of aesthetics and the study of science in such theoretical writings as the "Schillinger System of Musical Compositon" and "The Mathematical Basis of the Arts" (1948). He was a minor cubist painter. Born in Kharkov, Russia, Schillinger became an American citizen in 1936.

From the description of Joseph Schillinger papers, undated. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 86164066

Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra, 1929. Composed 1929. First performance Cleveland, 28 November, 1929, Cleveland, Nikolai Sokoloff conductor, Leon Theremin, soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of First airphonic suite for (R.C.A.) theremin and orchestra, op. 21 / Joseph Schillinger. 1929. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54053646

Commissioned by Moscow State Conductorless Orchestra, 1927, for performance at the celebrations of the first decade of the U.S.S.R. Composed 1917-27. Chosen as the best symphonic work composed in the U.S.S.R. in the first decade by the State Committee for Selection of Symphonic and Chamber Music, 1927. First performance, Moscow, 7 November 1927, Conductorless Orchestra.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphonic rhapsody, op. 19 : for a large orchestra / Joseph Schillinger. 1917-1927. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54053688

Joseph Schillinger (born Kharkiv, Russia, 31 Aug. 1895, died New York, 23 March 1943) was a theorist, composer and teacher. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and was also trained in mathematics. After working in Russia as a teacher and conductor he moved to New York in 1928. There he taught in universities and took on private students, usually by mail. Schillinger developed a system of composition that reduced musical elements (and rhythm in particular) to mathematical relationships. Among the many Schillinger students were Tommy Dorsey, George Gershwin, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, Oscar Levant and Carmine Coppola. Schillinger was also associated with Henry Cowell, Leon Theremin and Lev Termen and the use of the “rhythmicon”, an electronic rhythm machine invented by Termen and Cowell. Schillinger's own works incorporated the use of the theremin within traditional orchestrations.

From the guide to the Joseph Schillinger papers, 1918-2000, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

Mathematician, scientist, theorist, composer, musician, teacher, and author; New York, N.Y.

From the description of Joseph Schillinger papers, 1934-1948. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78707433

Music to Kitaro Òka's dance-drama "The merry wake."--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Muzika k p'ese Kitaro Òka : Veselye pominki (sësagoto) : op. 16 / I. Shilinger = J. Schillinger. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 191216042

Composed 1924. First performance Leningrad, 12 May 1926, State Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikolai Malko conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of March of the orient / Joseph Schillinger. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54053658

Artist, author, scientist.

Schillinger invented a mathematical system of composing music.

From the description of Papers, 1918-1943. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122600482

Joseph Schillinger (1895-1943) was a Russian born, American music theorist and composer.

He studied design, music, mathematics, physics, drama, art, dance, history, language and electrical engineering, and four years of classical music studies and composition at the University of St. Petersburg. Upon graduation, he wasappointed professor of music at the Kharkov Institute of Music. He also served as professor of the history of the arts at St. Petersburg and organized the first jazz band in Russia.

He came to America in 1928, and became a naturalized citizen in 1936. Schillinger taught music, mathematics, art history and his own system of strict mathematical composition at the New School for Social Research, at New York University and also at Columbia University Teacher's College.

Among his many students are: Tommy Dorsey, Vernon Duke, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, and Oscar Levant.

His master text is the posthumously published, The Schillinger System of Musical Composition.

From the description of Joseph Schillinger collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1937-1943. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122486211

Russian-born Joseph Schillinger (1895-1943) was a composer, teacher, and theorist.

He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and was also trained in mathematics. After working in Russia as a teacher and conductor he moved to New York in 1928, where he taught in universities and took on private students, usually by mail. Schillinger developed a system of composition that reduced musical elements (and rhythm in particular) to mathematical relationships. Among the many Schillinger students were Tommy Dorsey, George Gershwin, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, Oscar Levant and Carmine Coppola. Schillinger was also associated with Henry Cowell, Léon Thérémin (real name, Lev Termen), and the use of the "rhythmicon", an electronic rhythm machine, invented by Thérémin and Cowell, based on Thérémin's earlier theremin. Schillinger's own works incorporated the use of the theremin within traditional orchestrations.

From the description of Joseph Schillinger papers, 1918-2000. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144682718

Russian-American composer and music theorist.

Schillinger invented a mathematical system of composing music.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1915-1943. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122314114

Joseph Schillinger (1895-1943) was a Russian born, American music theorist and composer.

He studied design, music, mathematics, physics, drama, art, dance, history, language, and electrical engineering, as well as four years of classical music studies and composition at the University of St. Petersburg. Upon graduation, he was appointed professor of music at the Kharkov Institute of Music. He also served as professor of the history of the arts at St. Petersburg and organized the first jazz band in Russia.

He came to America in 1928, and became a naturalized citizen in 1936. Schillinger taught music, mathematics, art history, and his own system of strict mathematical composition at the New School for Social Research, at New York University and also at Columbia University Teacher's College.

Among his many students were: Tommy Dorsey, Vernon Duke, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, and Oscar Levant.

His master text is the posthumously published, The Schillinger System of Musical Composition

From the guide to the Joseph Schillinger collection of noncommercial recordings, 1937-1943, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.)

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