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|Henry Kimball Hadley was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on December 20, 1871. His father taught music in the Somerville public schools, and Hadley received his first music lessons from him. Hadley also studied violin under Henry Heindl and Charles Allen, harmony under Stephen A. Emery, and counterpoint and composition with George W. Chadwick. By age twenty-one Hadley had composed a string quartet, and a dramatic overture for orchestra.|
|Henry Kimball Hadley
|In 1894, Hadley went to Vienna to study with musicologist Eusebius Mandyczewski, who had produced editions of the works of Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Caldera.
In 1900 Hadley made his conducting debut. Seeking to perfect his condcuting technique, Hadley returned to Europe in 1906, and studied with Ludwig Thuille. Thuille introduced Hadley to the music of Reger, Mahler and Richard Strauss. He also guest-conducted orchestras in Berlin, Warsaw and at the Stadttheater in Mainz.
In 1909 Hadley became conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In 1911 he became the first conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. In 1915 Hadley left his post in San Francisco to pursue composition full-time. He did return to the podium from time to time as guest conductor for such organizations as the London Symphony and Boston Symphony. 1920-27 Hadley was associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic Society. In 1929 he formed the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra. In these posts he introduced many of his own compositions, and became a strong supporter of other American composers, whose works had not gained favor with American critics who believed that European music was much more worthy of performance.
Hadley died September 6, 1937.
Was Hadley important in American music? Here is a partial list of his accomplishments.
*He composed the first original, synchronized score for a motion picture.
*His opera, Cleopatra's Night, was the first American opera performed more than one season at the Metropolitan Opera.
*He was also the first American to conduct an opera at the Metropolitan Opera.
*He was the first American engaged as Music Director of a prominent American symphony orchestra.
*He was the first American to conduct the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and other major orchestras in England, Germany, France, Argentina and Japan.
*He was one of the founders of the Berkshire Music Festival (later known as Tanglewood). He conducted the first season's programs . . . 3 concerts attended by 10,000 people. The orchestra was the New York Philharmonic.
He wrote 5 symphonies, operas, operettas, incidental music, musicals, ballet suites, band pieces, overtures, tone poems, cantatas, hymns, oratorios, anthems, choral pieces, string quartets, a piano quintet, piano pieces, and many songs. After his death, Hadley's music fell out of favor with listeners due to changing tastes.
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1938 - Joan Tower, US composer, was born.
1957 - The first flexi-disc was produced and used in a promotion for a Nestle chocolate bar.
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1968 - Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo on The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
1979 - First performance of Oliver Knussen's Symphony No. 3. BBC Symphony in London.
1994 - Legendary country artist Ernest Tubb died.
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