Ernst Bacon

Biography

Born: May 26, 1898; Chicago, IL   Died: March 16, 1990; Orlinda, CA  
Ernst Bacon was an American composer, born and raised in the city of Chicago, IL. He also attended college there at Northwestern University from 1915 until 1918. He stayed in the city for further study at the University of Chicago for a year, and then earned his master's of music at the University of California. A philosophical composer, he combined his intellectual interest in textual content with a sensitive lyricism, and an affinity for simple Read more song. He was adept at word setting and capturing the essence of the spoken word in his music. Rhythmic inflections and syncopations imitate the poetic speech of his texts. The authors whose poetry he set include Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, two giants of American literature. They both are profoundly reflective authors, with highly individual and distinct poetic voices; his settings show an ability to collaborate sensitively with other extremely strong individuals. He and Helen Boatwright recorded 22 of his songs, as he accompanied her voice with the piano. He had a fondness for Americana, which is reflected in his interest in indigenous folk music of the United States.

In addition to his songs, Bacon has written two important essays on music; Words on Music, published in 1960, and Notes on the Piano, published in 1963. He was an accomplished performer on the piano and taught at several major universities in the United States. He taught at the Eastman School of Music from 1925 to 1928, the San Francisco Conservatory from 1928 to 1930, and Converse College from 1938 until 1945. His final teaching position was at Syracuse University. He was a conductor of the Rochester Opera company while he lived in New York, and he founded the Carmel Bach Festival in California. Before the Second World War, Bacon was an important force in the Roosevelt WPA arts program. He supervised the San Francisco division of the project and conducted the WPA Orchestra.

Although Bacon's symphonies and larger works are not as widely known as his coloristic and sympathetic songs, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his Second Symphony in D minor. Other prizes included two Guggenheim fellowships. His songs as well as his symphonies show a complete mastery of the field of counterpoint and an interest in expanding the tonal idiom. Read less
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  • 1.
    Between The Bliss And Me: Songs To Poems Of Emily Dickinson
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559731 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  John Duke,  Arthur Farwell,  Ernst Bacon  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Faulkner,  Martha Fischer,  Lee Hoiby
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    American Spirit: Roots & Transformations
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8505233 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Vincent Persichetti,  Roy Harris,  Ernst Bacon  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Scott,  Sharon Mabry,  Roger Wiesmeyer,  Anthony LaMarchina  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Angel Gil-Ordóñez,  Thomas Wilkins,  Peter Boyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Nashville Symphony Chorus,  Post-Classical Ensemble  ... 
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    Label: Leah Partridge   Catalog: 5637967491 Release Date: 06/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Lee Hoiby,  Libby Larsen,  Arthur Farwell  ... 
    Performer:  Jake Heggie,  Leah [Soprano Vocal] Partridge,  Ricky Ian Gordon,  Amy Schwartz Moretti  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 201 Release Date: 07/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernst Bacon,  Gordon Binkerd
    Performer:  Bernard Greenhouse,  Menahem Pressler,  Stanley Fletcher
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    Abraham Lincoln Portraits / Slatkin, Nashville Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559373-74 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Paul Turok,  George McKay,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Scott,  Anthony LaMarchina,  Roger Wiesmeyer,  Mary Kathryn Van Osdale  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Nashville Symphony Chorus
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    I Hear America Singing / Thomas Hampson
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 707062 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Ned Rorem,  Charles Naginski  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Malcolm Martineau
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    To The Soul - Poetry Of Walt Whitman / Thomas Hampson
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58239 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Leonard Bernstein,  Ned Rorem,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Craig Rutenberg
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    The Poetess Sings - A Tribute To Emily Dickinson / Heafner
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1085 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Binkerd,  Robert Baksa,  Lee Hoiby,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Carolyn Heafner,  Shirley Ann Seguin
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    Fond Affection - Music Of Ernst Bacon / Brown, Burton, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 890 Release Date: 04/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernst Bacon
    Performer:  Janet Brown,  Herbert Burtis,  Ronald Copes,  Alan Feinberg  ... 
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    New Music For The Piano - Dahl, Babbit, Perle, Et Al / Helps
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 874 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Alexander,  Earl Kim,  Mark Brunswick,  Joseph Prostakoff  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Helps
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    American Masters - Songs Of Ives And Bacon / Boatwright
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 675 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernst Bacon,  Charles Ives
    Performer:  Ernst Bacon,  Helen Boatwright,  John Kirkpatrick
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    Carolyn Heafner Sings American Songs - Poûhe, Beach, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 854 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Ernst Bacon,  Lee Hoiby,  Hugo Weisgall  ... 
    Performer:  Dixie Ross Neill,  Carolyn Heafner,  Lee Hoiby,  Jay Poûhe
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    Bacon: Remembering Ansel Adams, Etc / Stoltzman, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 779 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernst Bacon
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Menahem Pressler,  Bernard Greenhouse,  Dorothy Bales  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Swoboda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Cook 'n Bacon / Marion Ruhl Metson
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 11/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cook,  Ernst Bacon
    Performer:  Marian Ruhl Metson
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    The Listeners / William Parker
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80475 Release Date: 10/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jacob Niles,  Irving Fine,  Ernst Bacon,  Robert Evett  ... 
    Performer:  William Huckaby,  William Parker,  Dalton Baldwin,  Virgil Blackwell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia String Quartet
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    Rosi & Toni Grunschlag - Piano Duo
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 606 Release Date: 01/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Darius Milhaud,  Esther Williamson Ballou,  Norman Dello Joio  ... 
    Performer:  Rosi Grunschlag,  Toni Grunschlag
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