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.
Tone Images, for mezzo and piano
The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, symphonic poem (1912-16)
Three Tone Pictures, for piano: The Lake at Evening The Vale of Dreams The Night Wind
Fantasy Pieces for piano: Barcarolle Notturno Scherzo
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
Sho-Jo, pantomimic drama for four woodwinds, four strings, harp and percussion
Poem, for flute and orchestra
Nocturnes for orchestra Griffes also composed many choral works and songs.