James DePreist

Biography

Born: November 21, 1936; Philadelphia, PA   Died: February 8, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ   Country: USA   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
This American conductor established himself as an important figure despite two major physical ailments, one contracted very early in his career. In addition to his devotion to established composers, James DePreist, nephew of contralto Marian Anderson, has shown a strong commitment to American music, frequently performing little-known works and recording a significant number of them. His lengthy tenure as music director of the Oregon Symphony Read more enabled him to develop a special rapport with his players while inviting audiences into an uncommonly imaginative repertory.

At the Philadelphia Conservatory, DePreist studied composition with Vincent Persichetti while earning bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. During a State Department tour to the Far East in 1962, the young conductor contracted polio in Bangkok. Notwithstanding that physical setback, he took first prize in the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting competition only two years later. Leonard Bernstein subsequently chose DePreist to serve as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic for the 1965 - 1966 season. Following a successful 1969 debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, DePreist began a series of appearances with European orchestras, including those in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and several in Italy and Belgium. After having been aided in his Continental experiences by a Martha Baird Rockefeller grant, DePreist was appointed associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in 1971 by Antal Dorati. The Quebec Symphony chose DePreist as its music director in 1976, an appointment that lasted until 1983. Meanwhile, DePreist was appointed music director of the Oregon Symphony in 1980 and began building that ensemble into one of America's more adventurous orchestras.

Additionally, James DePreist brought a series of recording contracts to the orchestra to introduce its work to a world market. One called for ten discs, several of which were reserved for works by American composers. In addition to his work in Oregon, he has guest-conducted leading orchestras in the United States and abroad. For his work on behalf of American music, James DePreist was awarded the 2000 Ditson Conductors Award. In September 1999, the conductor revealed that he was suffering from kidney disease, but would continue in his Oregon post despite the need for dialysis. James DePreist passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 8th, 2013. Read less

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Born: November 21, 1936; Philadelphia, PA   Died: February 8, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ   Country: USA   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
This American conductor established himself as an important figure despite two major physical ailments, one contracted very early in his career. In addition to his devotion to established composers, James DePreist, nephew of contralto Marian Anderson, has shown a strong commitment to American music, frequently performing little-known works and recording a significant number of them. His lengthy tenure as music director of the Oregon Symphony Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro inquieto
II. Molto adagio
III. Allegro vivo
I. Allegro
II. Moderato
III. Presto
IV. Largo
VI. Allegretto
I. Revolutionary Petrograd
II. Razliw
III. Aurora
IV. The Dawn of Humanity
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Largo
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato - Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato -
II. Maestoso - Allegro - Piu allegro - Molto allegro - Pesante
I. Andante poco giocoso
II. Dona nobis pacem (attacca)
III. Finale
I. Washington Mosaics I
II. Intermezzo I
III. Intermezzo II
IV. Intermezzo III (attacca)
V. Washington Mosaics II
Andante placido - Allegro assai
Andante placido - Allegro assai
I. Prelude - Aragonaise
II. Intermezzo
III. Seguedille
IV. Les dragons d'Alcala
V. Les Toreadors
I. Andante assai - Allegro eroico
II. Andantino tranquillo
III. Moderato quasi allegretto
IV. Allegro risoluto
I. The Birth of Kije
II. Romance
III. Kije's Wedding
IV. Troika
V. The Burial of Kije
I. Andante poco moderato
II. Adagio
III. Poco allegro
I. Moderato
II. Molto adagio - Allegro
I. Poco allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato (attacca) -
III. Cadenza (attacca) -
IV. Allegro con moto
I. Largo
II. Allegretto (attacca) -
III. Allegretto
Moderately fast -
Slower -
Faster
I. Allegro
II. Grave
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Recitative: Broadly, freely
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Chorale: Lento
V. Allegro energico
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegro moderato - Lento - Tempo I
I. Folget nun (Follow now)
II. Die vierundzwanzig Jahre (The 24 years )
III. Gehen also miteinander (They therefore went there together)
IV. Meine liebe (My dear)
V. Ach, mein Herr Fauste (Oh, Faustus)
VI. Doktor Faustus klagte (Doctor Faustus lamented and wept)
VII. Es geschah (It came to pass)
VIII. Diese gemeldete Magistri (These Magistri and students)
IX. Also endet sich (Thus ends the entire true story)
X. Seid nuchtern und wachet (Be sober and attentive)


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