Weisgall, Hugo David

▪ 1998

      Czech-born American composer and educator (b. Oct. 13, 1912, Eibenschutz, Moravia [now Ivancice, Czech Republic]—d. March 11, 1997, Manhasset, N.Y.), was considered one of the most influential opera composers in the U.S.; his works were praised for their literary merit, psychological drama, and strong vocal line. Born into a musical family that had produced several generations of composers and cantors, Weisgall immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1920. He studied (1927-32) at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, Md., and later attended the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, where he earned diplomas in conducting (1938) and composition (1939). Following service in the U.S. Army (1941-48), he began a career in teaching, holding positions at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and the Juilliard School, New York City, among others. Weisgall, who had begun writing operas in the 1930s, premiered two one-act operas in 1952—The Tenor and The Stronger—which established his reputation in the genre. The latter, a monologue for sopranos, was considered one of his finest works. In 1956 he completed his first full-length opera, Six Characters in Search of an Author, an adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's play. His next opera, Purgatory (1958), based on William Butler Yeats's poem, marked Weisgall's first attempt at the 12-note method, an atonal style that characterized much of his later work. Altogether he wrote 10 operas, including Jenny, or the Hundred Nights (1976) and Esther (1993). In addition, he also composed song cycles, ballets, and chamber music. Weisgall was awarded three Guggenheim fellowships along with numerous grants and commissions.

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