Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995Alternative names
Composed 1933. First performance Hollywood Bowl, 13 July 1933, the composer conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.
From the description of Fragment of chorus from "Orestes" of Euripides : from a conjectural version (400 B.C.) / arranged by Nicolas Slonimsky. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54759973
Movements 1-6 and 8 originally composed 1928 in Studies in Black and White for piano. Transcribed and Valse added, 1941. First performance Buenos Aires, 31 October 1941, Grupo Renovación concert, the composer conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.
From the description of Suite : for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion and a portable typewriter / Nicolas Slonimsky. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54759989
Commissioned by Arthur Cohn. Composed 1942.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.
From the description of [Fanfare for the W.P.A. Music Copying Project of the Free Library of Philadelphia] / Nicolas Slonimsky ; edited by Arthur Cohn.  (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54759953
Originally composed 1928 as part of Studies in Black and White for piano. Transcribed 1933. First performance Hollywood Bowl, 23 July 1933, the composer conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.
From the description of Little march for the big bowl : alternate title--Marche grotesque / by Nicolas Slonimsky ; edited by Arthur Cohn. 1943. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54759968
Slonimsky was a conductor, composer, writer, and editor of a number of reference books on music.
From the description of Letter, 1991. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008507
Russian-born American musicologist.
From the description of Typewritten letters signed (2), dated : Boston, 6 May 1964 and Los Angeles, 13 February 1980, to Mr. [James] Fuld, 1964 May 6 and 1980 Feb. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874536
Nicholas Slonimsky, lexicographer, composer, and writer on music, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Apr. 27, 1894. He studied the piano with his aunt, Isabelle Vengerova, a well-known piano pedagogue, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and composition with Glière. He taught at the Eastman School of Music (1923¡1925). He was Serge Koussevitzky's secretary for two years and conducted the Boston Chamber Orchestra (1927¡1934) and the Harvard University Orchestra (1927¡1930). In the 1930s and early 1940s he became known for conducting first performances of Ives, Varèse, Riegger, Cowell, Chàvez, and other composers of the Americas. He was a lecturer at Colorado College (1940, 1947¡1949), the Peabody Conservatory (1956¡1957), and the University of California at Los Angeles (1964¡1967). Slonimsky was author or editor of major music reference works, including Music Since 1900, Music of Latin America, The international cyclopedia of music and musicians, 4th ed., Thesaurus of scales and melodic patterns, Lexicon of musical invective, and many editions of Baker's biographical dictionary. He died on Dec. 25, 1995, in Los Angeles.
From the description of Nicolas Slonimsky collection, 1873-1997 (bulk 1920-1990). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71055179
1894 April 27:
Born in St. Petersburg (Nikolai Leonidovich)
1900 November 6:
Studies piano with his aunt, Isabelle Vengerova
Composition lessons with Glière
Appointed instructor at Yalta Conservatory, piano accompanist for singers
Arrives in Paris; Hired as secretary and rehearsal pianist for Serge Koussevitzky
Coach, Eastman School of Music, opera department; Studies composition with Selim Palmgren; conducting with Albert Coates
Works for Koussevitzky in Paris and Boston
Composes "Make this a day of Pepsodent," "No More Shiny Nose," "Children Cry for Castoria" (singing commercials)
Fired by Koussevitzky
Organizes the Chamber Orchestra of Boston
1927- 29: Conducts the Pierian Sodality at Harvard
1928- 30: Directs the Apollo Chorus
"Studies in Black and White" for piano
1931 January 10:
Conducts first performance of Charles Ives' "Three Places in New England," NYC, Town Hall
Marries Dorothy Adlow
Becomes naturalized US citizen
1931- 32: Conducts concerts of modern American, Cuban and Mexican music in Paris, Berlin, and Budapest under the auspices of the Pan-American Association of Composers
Conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Premiers Varèse's "Ionisation"
First appearance at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
Invents the term "Pandiatonicism"
Music Since 1900 published
"My Toy Balloon"
Music of Latin America
1945- 47: Lectures in Slavic languages and literatures at Harvard
The International cyclopedia of music and musicians, 4th edition
Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns
The Road to Music
Lexicon of Musical Invective
1962- 63: Travels in Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Greece, and Israel under the auspices of the Office of Cultural Exchange, U.S. Department of State
Dorothy Adlow, his wife, dies
1965 May 5:
"Möbius Strip-Tease" performed at UCLA
1968 February 2:
"Sex and the Music Librarian"
Music Since 1900, 4th edition
1971- 77: "Minitudes"
Translates Boris de Schloezer's biography of Scriabin into English
Lectionary of Music
1995 December 25:
Dies in Los Angeles
1996 January 22:
Memorial Service at UCLA
From the guide to the Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990), (Music Division Library of Congress)
- Songs, English
- Suites (Clarinet, flute, oboe, percussion)--Scores and parts
- Songs with piano
- Pantomimes with music--Scores
- Marches (Chamber orchestra)
- Variations (Violin)
- Songs (medium voice) with piano
- Chamber orchestra music--Scores and parts
- Music--20th century
- Violin music
- Overtures (Chamber orchestra)--Scores and parts
- Violin and violoncello music--Parts
- Orchestral music--Scores and parts