Kapell, William

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American pianist.

Born in 1922 in New York City, William Kapell studied with Dorthea Anderson LaFollette at the Yorkville Settlement School, New York, and with Olga Samaroff at the Philadelphia Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He won the Naumberg Award in 1941 and the Town Hall Award in 1942. Kapell married Anna Lou Melson in 1948. As a soloist and recitalist, Kapell performed in North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Israel and recorded for RCA Victor. He was an advocate of American composers and of contemporary American piano music. Kapell died in an airplane crash in 1953.

From the description of Papers, 1935-1989 bulk 1944-1953. (University of Maryland Libraries). WorldCat record id: 32379043

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referencedIn Gerber, Jeremy D. Correspondence to Eugene Ormandy, 1978. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Cameron-Wolfe, Richard. Toccata : in memoriam William Kapell : 1983 / Richard Cameron-Wolfe. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Atamian, Dickran H. Correspondence with Eugene Ormandy, 1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Kapell, William, 1922-1953. Papers, 1935-1989 bulk 1944-1953. University of Maryland Libraries, UMD Libraries
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Cassidy, Claudia. Correspondence to Eugene Ormandy, 1953-1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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associatedWith Atamian, Dickran H. person
associatedWith Cameron-Wolfe, Richard. person
associatedWith Cassidy, Claudia. person
associatedWith Chasins, Abram, 1903-1987. person
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990. person
associatedWith Gerber, Jeremy D. person
associatedWith Hendl, Walter, 1917-2007. person
associatedWith Hess, Myra, Dame, 1890-1965. person
associatedWith Istomin, Eugene. person
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963. person
associatedWith Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith Page, Tim, 1954- person
associatedWith Samaroff Stokowski, Olga, 1882-1948. person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977. person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. person
associatedWith Villa-Lobos, Heitor. person
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United States
Pianists--20th century


Birth 1922-09-20

Death 1953-10-29



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