Rudolph Ganz

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Rudolph Ganz (Library of Congress collection)

Rudolph Ganz (24 February 1877 Zurich – 2 August 1972 Chicago)[1] was a Swiss-born American pianist, conductor, composer, and piano teacher in higher education.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Ganz was born in Zürich, Switzerland. Ganz studied music first as a cellist with Friedrich Hegar, then as a pianist with Robert Freund in Zürich. He also took composition lessons with Charles Blanchet at the Lausanne Conservatory (de). From 1897 to 1898, Ganz studied piano with F. Blumer in Strasbourg, and in 1899 took a course in advanced piano playing with Ferruccio Busoni in Berlin.

Ganz became head of piano studies at the Chicago Musical College in 1901. From 1921 to 1927 he was the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and did much to raise it to the top rank of orchestras. While in St. Louis, he was initiated as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity in 1924 at the University of Missouri. From 1928 he returned to teach at the Chicago Musical College, serving as its president from 1934 to 1958.

He died in Chicago.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] He led the Omaha Symphony Orchestra from 1936 to 1941.[17]

Ganz was active in the promotion of new music throughout his career. In 1923 he received the Légion d'honneur of France for his introduction of the works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel to American audiences, and in later years he performed and conducted pieces by Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Arthur Honegger. Ravel, in a letter to Ganz, thanked him for his performances of Ravel's work, and dedicated "Scarbo" the third part of his composition Gaspard de la Nuit to him in gratitude.[18]

His pupils included Marion Edna Hall (1910–2012), who taught for many years at the University of Indiana's Jacobs School of Music, Abby Whiteside, Mollie Margolies (1890–1976), Evelyn Hora, Gena Branscombe, Joseph Bloch, Beatrice Sharp Karan (1918–1909),[19] Adrian Lerner Newman Goldman and Vera Bradford.[20]

Family[edit]

Ganz claimed to be a direct descendent of Charlemagne.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituaries on File (Ganz in Vol. 1 of 2), compiled by Felice D. Levy (born 1940), New York: Facts on File (1979); OCLC 4933813
  2. ^ The New York Times Biographical Service, Vol. 3, Nos. 1–12, Ann Arbor: UMI Co. (1972); ISSN 0161-2433
  3. ^ The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
       3rd ed. (1966); OCLC 598257 and 604233677
       4th ed. (1980); OCLC 7065938 and 10721505
  4. ^ The Art of the Piano: Its Performers, Literature, and Recordings, 3rd ed., by David Dubal, Amadeus Press (2004); OCLC 53331642
  5. ^ Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Ganz is in Vol. 2 of 6), Macmillan; Schirmer
       6th ed., Slonimsky (ed.) (1978); OCLC 4426869
       7th ed., Slonimsky (ed.) (1984); OCLC 10574930
       8th ed., Slonimsky (ed.) (1992); OCLC 24246972
       9th ed., Laura Kuhn (ed.) (born 1953) (2001); OCLC 44972043
  6. ^ Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians, Nicolas Slonimsky (ed), Schirmer (1997); OCLC 36111932
  7. ^ Biographical Dictionary of American Music, by Charles Eugene Claghorn (1911–2005), West Nyack, NY: Parker Publishing Co. (1973); OCLC 609781
  8. ^ Biography Index, H.W. Wilson Co.; ISSN 0006-3053
       Vol. 1: Jan. 1946–Jul. 1949 (1949)
       Vol. 4: Sep. 1955–Aug. 1958 (1960)
       Vol. 7: Sep. 1964–Aug. 1967 (1968)
       Vol. 9: Sep. 1970–Aug. 1973 (1974)
       Vol. 11: Sep. 1976–Aug. 1979 (1980); OCLC 31441150
       Vol. 20: Sep. 1994–Aug. 1995 (1995); OCLC 33662886
  9. ^ Britannica Book of Music, Benjamin Hadley (ed.), Doubleday & Co. (1980); OCLC 5102051
  10. ^ Contemporary American Composers, compiled by E. Ruth Anderson (1907–1989), G.K. Hall & Co. (in 1985, ITT sold G.K. Hall & Co. to Macmillan Publishing)
       1st ed. (1976); OCLC 2035024
       2nd ed. (1982); OCLC 7795619
  11. ^ Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 9, 1971-1975, Vol. 29, American Council of Learned Societies, Maxwell Macmillan Canada (1973); OCLC 2818292
  12. ^ Musicians Since 1900: Performers in Concert and Opera, David Ewen (ed.), New York: H.W. Wilson Co. (1978); OCLC 4194793
  13. ^ The New American Dictionary of Music, by Philip David Morehead with Anne MacNeil, Dutton (1991); OCLC 23694214
  14. ^ The Penguin Dictionary of Musical Performers, by Arthur Jacobs, London: Viking (1990); ;OCLC 21080776
  15. ^ The Pianist's Dictionary, by Grady Maurice Hinson (born 1930), Indiana University Press, 2004); OCLC 53483629
  16. ^ Who Was Who in America, Vol. 5, 1969–1973, Marquis Who's Who (1973); OCLC 13864526
  17. ^ The Omaha Symphony History, www.omahasymphony.org/history.asp (retrieved 10 February 2014)
  18. ^ Rudolph Ganz, by Emmett M. Ford (1914–2009), The AMICA Bulletin, Vol. 14, No. 4 (May 1977) (retrieved September 27, 2007); ISSN 0884-0652
  19. ^ Obituary: Beatrice Sharp Karan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 2, 2009; ISSN 1082-8850
  20. ^ Vera Bradford 1904–2004, by Ivor Morgan, The Age (Melbourne, January, 31, 2004; ISSN 0312-6307
  21. ^ Schweizer in Amerika: Karrieren und Misserfolge in der Neuen Welt, by Karl Lüönd (de), Olten, Switzerland: (de) (1979), pps. 292–315; OCLC 5831809

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