Reis, Claire R. (Claire Raphael)

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Co-founder of the Walden School and later president of the League of Composers.

From the description of Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, n.d. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 63585614

Claire Raphael Reis (1888-1978) was a music promoter, teacher, and author of works on American composers. Born in Brownsville, Texas, on August 4, 1888, Claire Raphael was educated in New York, France, and Germany. She married Arthur Reis in 1915. From 1912 to 1922 Claire Reis was involved with the People's Music League of the People's Institute of New York, an organization which provided free concerts for immigrants and public school students. In 1914 Reis helped establish the Walden School. She became a kindergarten music teacher, and adapted Montessori teaching methods to music. Working with several composers she helped establish the League of Composers in 1923, and served as executive director for twenty-five years. Claire Reis wrote AMERICAN COMPOSERS OF TODAY in 1947, and revised the book under the title COMPOSERS IN AMERICA: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES in 1977. She also published COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, AND CRITICS in 1955, and a number of articles. Reis was secretary of the board of directors of the New York City Center of Music and Drama, and was also a founder of the City Center. Claire Raphael Reis died in New York on April 11, 1978, at the age of 89.

From the guide to the Letters to Claire Reis, 1926-1961, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Claire Raphael Reis (1888-1978) was a music promoter, teacher, and author of works on American composers.

Born in Brownsville, Texas, on August 4, 1888, Claire Raphael was educated in New York, France, and Germany. She married Arthur Reis in 1915. From 1912 to 1922 Claire Reis was involved with the People's Music League of the People's Institute of New York, an organization which provided free concerts for immigrants and public school students. In 1914 Reis helped establish the Walden School. She became a kindergarten music teacher, and adapted Montessori teaching methods to music. Working with several composers she helped establish the League of Composers in 1923, and served as executive director for twenty-five years. Claire Reis wrote AMERICAN COMPOSERS OF TODAY in 1947, and revised the book under the title COMPOSERS IN AMERICA: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES in 1977. She also published COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, AND CRITICS in 1955, and a number of articles. Reis was secretary of the board of directors of the New York City Center of Music and Drama, and was also a founder of the City Center. Claire Raphael Reis died in New York on April 11, 1978, at the age of 89.

From the description of Letters to Claire Reis, 1926-1961. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122485865

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creatorOf Reis, Claire R. (Claire Raphael). Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn League of Composers/ISCM records, 1906-2009, 1923-2009 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Letters to Claire Reis, 1926-1961 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Perlis, Vivian. Video collection : [oral history], 1955-1991 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Atkins, Irene Kahn, 1922-. Major figures in American music [M-R] : [oral history]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Reis, Claire R. (Claire Raphael). Letters to Claire Reis, 1926-1961. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Reis, Claire R. (Claire Raphael),. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 30, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Aaron Copland Collection, 1841-1991, (bulk 1911-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, 1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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associatedWith Bufano, Remo. person
correspondedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
associatedWith Daniel, Oliver, person
associatedWith Graham, Martha person
associatedWith Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993. person
associatedWith International Society for Contemporary Music corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Robert Edmond, 1887-1954. person
associatedWith Josten, Werner, 1885-1963 person
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. person
associatedWith Landowska, Wanda person
associatedWith League of Composers (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Prokofiev, Sergey, 1891-1953. person
associatedWith Roerich, Nicholas, 1874-1947 person
associatedWith Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951. person
associatedWith Simonson, Lee, 1888-1967. person
associatedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. person
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Birth 1888-08-04

Death 1978-04-11

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