Salzedo, Carlos

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American harpist and composer of French birth.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [New York] Mar. 9 [1918], to Mr. H[arry] H[arkness] Flagler, 1918 Mar. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270668697

Born in Arcachon on April 6th, 1885 and died in Waterville, ME on August 17th, 1961. American harpist and composer of French birth. He graduated from the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 16, an unprecedented winner of the premier prix in two instruments. In 1909 he moved to New York, where he was engaged as the first harpist of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra under Toscanini for four years. In 1913 he founded the Trio de Lutece and in 1917 the Salzedo Harp Ensemble; he also played in and helped to found and promote other ensembles worldwide. A champion of contemporary music, he assisted Varese in organizing the International Composers' Guild (1921) and was active in ISCM, the New Music Society of California (under the direction of Cowell), the Pan American Association of Composers and Pro-Musica. He established the harp department at the Curtis Institute of Music (1924), founded the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine (1931), and taught at the Juilliard School. Other activities included serving as editor of the Eolian Review (later Eolus) and president of the American Harp Society. In 1931 Lyon & Healy (Chicago) began to produce the first Salzedo Model Harps.

From the description of Salzedo Collection. (New School University Library). WorldCat record id: 474999836

Robert Russell Bennett was an American composer, orchestrator and conductor.

From the guide to the Robert Russell Bennett papers, 1911-1981, (Music Library)

Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) was a famous American harpist and composer.

Carlos Salzedo was born born April 6, 1885. He was the premier prix winner in two instruments at the Paris Conservatoire when graduating at the age of 16. He moved to New York in 1909 and became the first harpist of the Metropolitan Opera for four years under the direction of Toscanini. He established the Trio de Lutece in 1913 and the Salzedo Harp Ensemble in 1917. He helped Varese organize the International Composers' Guild in 1921. He was also active in ISCM, the Pan American Association of Composers, Pro-Musica, and the New Music Society of California under Cowell's direction. He taught at Juliard and organized the harp department in 1924 at the Curtis Institute of Music. He founded the Salzedo Harp Colony in 1931. He served as President of the American Harp Society and editor of the Eolian Review. He died August 17, 1961.

Dewey Owens (1925-2006) was a harpist and professor at Vassar College in Paughkeepsie, New York.

Dewey Owens was born May 3, 1925, in North Carolina. He first learned to play the violin and then taught himself the piano. He served as a chaplain's assistant in World War II for three years in the US Army. He studied the organ under Parvin Titus at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He worked as a copyist and assistant to American composer John Hausermann. While working in Europe, he debuted as a baritone vocalist with the Palma de Mallorca Symphony Orchestra. Carlos Salzedo referred Owens to be taught the Harp by Lucile Lawrence. Owens was greatly influenced by Carlos Salzedo's compositions and notations. For thirty years he taught at Vassar College in Paughkeepsie, New York. He wrote a biography on Carlos Salzedo. He died in 2006.

From the guide to the Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo, 1904-1984, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

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creatorOf Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912. Thaïs - meditation : flute / J. Massenet. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Rameau, Jean-Philippe, 1683-1764. Les sauvages / Jean-Philippe Rameau ; [arranged for two harps by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Couperin, François, 1668-1733. Musette de Choisy / Fr. Couperin (1668-1733) ; [transcribed by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985,. Interview, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Carrell, Kirsten. Performance hour [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Sonate en re : pour 2 violons et piano avec violoncelle ad 'libitum / Haendel 1685-1759 ; transcription for flute, cello and harp by Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Scholz, János,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Jan. 25, 1980 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Pentacle : suite for two harps / Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Second concerto, harp and orchestra / Carlos Salzedo. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Harp Colony students with Carlos Salzedo, 1948. Camden Public Library
creatorOf Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Les cloches / Claude Debussy ; poesie de Paul Bourget ; [transcribed by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Robert Russell Bennett papers, 1911-1981 Music Library
creatorOf Candeille, Pierre Joseph, 1744-1827. La provençale / Pierre Candeille ; [arr. by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Préambule et jeux : for harp principal, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, string quartet, double bass / Carlos Salzedo (1929). Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Harp Colony students with Carlos Salzedo, 1952. Camden Public Library
creatorOf Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. La danse de Puck / Claude Debussy ; transcribed for seven harps by Carlos Salzedo (1918). Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739. Toccatta in C minor / Benedetto Marcello ; [arr. by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Cadenza for Norman Rieti's Divertimento / Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Hüe, Georges Adolphe, 1858-1948. Jeunes chansons sur des vieux airs / Georges Hüe ; transcribed by Carlos Salzedo for harp ensemble and voice. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924. Dolly : six pièces, op. 56 / par Gabriel Fauré ; [transcribed for flute, cello and harp by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Sonatine en trio : flute, harp, cello / Maurice Ravel (1905) ; arranged by Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Rameau, Jean-Philippe, 1683-1764. Menuet chanté / J-Ph. Rameau ; transcribed by Carlos Salzedo for harp ensemble. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Harold Bauer Collection, 1880-1951, (bulk 1920-1951) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Correspondence from the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation Collection, 1894-1953, (bulk 1920-1953) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Scarlatti, Domenico, 1685-1757. The cat's fugue (Fuga del gato) / Domenico Scarlatti (1683-1757) ; [arr. by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Harold Bauer Collection, 1880-1951, (bulk 1920-1951) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Saint-Amans, Louis, 1749-1820. Ninette à la cour : tricotet / Louis Saint-Amans (1749-1820) ; [arr. by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Ritscher, Ellen. Ellen Ritscher, harpist [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn E. Robert Schmitz Papers, 1909-1991 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Ernest Bloch Collection, 1888-1981, (bulk 1912-1959) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. The Charles Ives papers, 1874-1983 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Spinning-wheel / Felix Mendelssohn ; transcribed by Carlos Salzedo for 2 harps. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Owens, Dewey,. Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Summer Harp Colony of America founder Carlos Salzedo at the harp, ca. 1951. Camden Public Library
referencedIn Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951. Harold Bauer collection, 1880-1951 (bulk 1920-1951). Library of Congress
creatorOf Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Les ingénus / Claude Debussy ; poesie de Paul Verlaine ; [transcribed by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Alice Chalifoux papers, circa 1924-2008 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsMusic Special Collections
creatorOf Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. La cathédrale engloutie / Cluade Debussy ; transcrit pour un ensemble de 7 harpes par Carlos Slazedo (1918). Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Guion, David W. (David Wendell), 1892-1981. Alley tunes / David W. Guion ; transcribed by Carlos Salzedo for harp, flute and cello. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Danses pour harpe chromatique : / Claude Debussy ; arranged for single string quartette (and double bass ad libitum). Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Deep river : old Negro melody / transcribed by Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951. Harold Bauer collection, 1880-1951 (bulk 1920-1951). Library of Congress
creatorOf Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Polonaise and Badinerie : flute and harp / J.S. Bach ; arr. by Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Prelude for a drama / Carlos Salzedo. University of North Texas Library, UNT
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Autograph letter signed, dated : [New York] Mar. 9 [1918], to Mr. H[arry] H[arkness] Flagler, 1918 Mar. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Harp Colony students with Carlos Salzedo, 1947. Camden Public Library
creatorOf Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881. Oriental chant : (lamentation) / Moussorgsky ; transcribed by Carlos Salzedo for harp ensemble. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. On wings of song / Felix Mendelssohn ; transcribed for two harps by Carlos Salzedo (1939). Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Ernest Bloch Collection, 1888-1981, (bulk 1912-1959) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Cinq mélodies populaires Greque / transcribed for harp ensembe and voice by Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Cadenza for Norman Dello Joio's concerto / [by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Lawrence, Lucile, 1907-2004,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, June 14, 1978 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo, 1904-1984 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsMusic Special Collections
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Behind the barracks / Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn The Charles Ives Papers, 1874-1983 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959. Ernest Bloch collection, 1888-1981 (bulk 1912-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Love family. The Love family papers, 1850-1960 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn The Love Family Papers, 1850-1960 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. The enchanted isle : poème symphonique pour harpe et orchestre / Carlos Salzedo (1918). Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Sylvia Meyer papers, approximately 1930-2001 L. Tom Perry Special CollectionsMusic Special Collections
referencedIn Harp Colony students with Carlos Salzedo, 1953. Camden Public Library
creatorOf Dandrieu, Jean François, 1682-1738. Le caquet / François Dandrieu ; [arr. by Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Harp Colony students with Carlos Salzedo, 1951. Camden Public Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. For Elyse / Carlos Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Nin, Joaquín, 1879-1949. Granadina : cello and harp / Joaquín Nin ; transcribed by Carlos Salzedo (1932). Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Harp Colony students with Carlos Salzedo, 1949. Camden Public Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. 6 contemporary Scandinavian songs / acc. arr. for 2 harps by [Carlos] Salzedo. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Passetto, Timothy, 1989-. Performance hour [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Four preludes to the afternoon of a telephone : preceded by a prologue on the telephonesque scale for 2 harps = Quatre préludes à l'après-midi d'un téléphone : procédé par un prélude sur une gamme telephonesque / [Carlos Salzedo]. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
creatorOf Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961. Salzedo Collection. The New School, New School Libraries & Archives
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correspondedWith Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951. person
associatedWith Bennett, Louis J. person
associatedWith Bennett, Robert Russell, 1894-1981 person
associatedWith Billings, William, 1746-1800 person
correspondedWith Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959. person
associatedWith Busch, Carl, 1862-1943 person
associatedWith Candeille, Pierre Joseph, 1744-1827 person
associatedWith Chalifoux, Alice person
associatedWith Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 person
associatedWith Cherubini, Luigi, 1760-1842 person
correspondedWith Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague, 1864-1953 person
associatedWith Couperin, François, 1668-1733. person
associatedWith Damase, Jean Michel, 1928- person
associatedWith Dandrieu, Jean François, 1682-1738. person
associatedWith Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. person
associatedWith Dello Joio, Norman, 1913-2008. person
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associatedWith Faure, Gabriel, 1845-1924. person
associatedWith Flagler, Harry Harkness, person
associatedWith Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864 person
associatedWith Gershwin, George, 1898-1937 person
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associatedWith Guion, David W. (David Wendell), 1892-1981. person
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associatedWith Hüe, Georges Adolphe, 1858-1948 person
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correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Lawrence, Lucile, 1907-2004, person
associatedWith Love family. family
associatedWith Lucy Prindle Love and Helen Love Scranton person
associatedWith Marcello, Benedetto, 1686-1739 person
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associatedWith Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. person
associatedWith Meyer, Sylvia, harpist person
associatedWith Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. person
associatedWith Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881. person
associatedWith Nin, Joaquín, 1879-1949. person
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associatedWith Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. person
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associatedWith Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985, person
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associatedWith Scarlatti, Domenico, 1685-1757. person
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Birth 1885-04-06

Death 1961-08-17

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