Prodigal Son

Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography

by Harlow Robinson
In the 1940s, when Shostakovich was at the height of his success in America, I heard Stravinsky being asked what he thought of the Soviet composer and I still remember the venom in his voice as he shouted back, “Pas de talent.” A followup question solicited his opinion of Prokofiev …

The Tarrytown Impressionist

Charles T. Griffes: The Life of an American Composer

by Edward Maisel

The Works of Charles T. Griffes: A Descriptive Catalogue

by Donna K. Anderson
When one reads that Charles Tomlinson Griffes died at thirty-five (on April 8, 1920), one naturally thinks of Mozart and Schubert. But the association serves only to underline how differently a shortened life affected the career of the turn-of-the-century American composer. Mozart and Schubert both seem to have crowded in …

Success Story

Copland: 1900 Through 1942

by Aaron Copland and Vivian Perlis
It is doubtful that world fame was uppermost in Aaron Copland’s mind when he decided at fifteen to devote himself to music, even though years later he told his friend Harold Clurman, “I wish to be remembered.” At forty-one Copland could regard himself without any immodesty at all as America’s …