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GRIFFES, Charles Tomlinson
b New York, 17 September 1884
d New York, 8 April 1920, aged thirty-five

In 1899 he began studying piano with a local teacher, who financed his moving to Berlin to study at the Stern Conservatory, where he worked under Humperdinck, among others. He remained in Berlin until 1907, teaching and appearing as piano soloist and accompanist. On his return to the USA he became director of music at the Hockley School in Tarrytown, NY, holding the post till 1920, the year in which he died.

1912 (28)

Tone Images, for mezzo and piano

The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, symphonic poem (1912-16)

1915 (31)

Three Tone Pictures, for piano: The Lake at Evening The Vale of Dreams The Night Wind

Fantasy Pieces for piano: Barcarolle Notturno Scherzo

1916 (32)

The Kairn of Koridwen, dance drama for woodwinds, harp, celesta and piano

Two Sketches on Indian Themes, for string quartet

Roman Sketches, for orchestra: The White Peacock Nightfall The Fountain of Acqua Paolo Clouds

1917 (33)

Sho-Jo, pantomimic drama for four woodwinds, four strings, harp and percussion

1918 (34)

Poem, for flute and orchestra

Piano Sonata

1919 (35)

Nocturnes for orchestra Griffes also composed many choral works and songs.

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