Samuel Adler


Born: March 4, 1928; Mannheim, Germany  
This German-born composer and conductor came to the United States in 1939. He was educated at Boston University and Harvard, and holds honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University, Wake Forest University, St. Mary's Notre-Dame, and the St. Louis Conservatory. He studied composition with Herbert Fromm, Walter Piston, Randall Thompson, Paul Hindemith, and Aaron Copland, and conducting with Sergey Koussevitzky.

During his
Read more tenure in the U.S. Army, he founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, which exercised an important psychological and musical impact in Europe. For that effort, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. From 1957 to 1977, Adler was a professor of composition at the University of North Texas; from 1953 to 1966 he was music director at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX; and from 1955 to 1966, he was an instructor of fine arts at the Hockaday School in Dallas, TX. From 1954 to 1958, he was music director of the Dallas Lyric Theater and the Dallas Chorale.

In 1966, he taught at the Eastman School of Music, where he remained until 1995. He is a Professor Emeritus at Eastman, and since 1997, he has taught composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Adler has given master classes and workshops at more than 300 universities and has taught at major summer music festivals. He continues to receive major commissions and conduct orchestras throughout the world.

Adler is a prolific composer who has created more than 400 published works, including five operas; six symphonies; 12 concerti; eight string quartets; four oratorios; and many other orchestral, band, chamber, and choral works and songs.

Many of the works reflect humanist concerns, such as The Fixed Desire of the Human Heart, An Homage to Woodrow Wilson's Vision of World Peace "in which consolation and resolve surface against a backdrop of horror and grief;" the cantata Stars in the Dust (1988), which explores the horrors of Kristallnacht and incorporates traditional Jewish tunes; Bridges to Span Adversity for Harpsichord Solo (1989); and Show an Affirming Flame for Orchestra (2001), commissioned by the New York Chamber Symphony in memory of the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Adler's concerti are especially effective pieces rich in texture and modulation of moods with splendid virtuoso parts, especially the Concerto "Shir Hamaalot" for Solo Woodwind Quintet (1991), Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (1994), Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1995), Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra (1997), and Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (2000). The composer also has a delightfully corny side, which comes across in his solo and small chamber works, such as the Four Studies for Woodwinds: Flaunting for Flute, Oboration for Oboe, Clarinon for Clarinet, and Bassoonery for Bassoon (1965); Art Creates Artists for Orchestra (1996); Scherzo Schmerzo for Four Trumpets, Horn, Four Trombones, Tuba, and Percussion (2000); and in a lesser, more lighthearted manner, Acrostics (Four Games for Six Players for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, violincello, and harpsichord (1988). Read less
Milken Archive - S. Adler: Symphony No 5, Etc / Adler
Release Date: 03/16/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559415   Number of Discs: 1
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    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    A Gottschalk Festival: Works For Piano Solo, Four Hands, & With Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 133 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk
    Performer:  Reid Nibley,  Eugene List,  Jose Alberto Esteves,  Trinidad Paniagua  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel,  Igor Buketoff,  Samuel Adler
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    Milken Archive - Psalms Of Joy & Sorrow
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559445 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Waxman,  Zavel Zilberts,  Robert Strassburg,  Ralph Shapey  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Evans,  Alberto Mizrahi,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Justin Bischof  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Neil Levin,  Patrick Gardner,  Avner Itai  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Hebraeica,  Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir  ... 
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    Milken Archive - Celebration Of Israel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559461 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Fromm,  Walter Scharf,  Julius Chajes,  Max Helfman  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Bishop,  Benzion Miller,  Martin Schebesta,  Ana Maria Martinez
    Conductor:  Samuel Adler,  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Jorge Mester,  Gerald Wirth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Players,  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Milken Archive - Max Helfman: Di Naye Hagode, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559440 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Helfman
    Performer:  Theodore Bikel,  Raphael Frieder
    Conductor:  Nick Strimple,  Neil Levin,  Samuel Adler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale,  Choral Society of Southern California,  Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra  ... 
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    Milken Archive - Diamond: Ahava, Music For Prayer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559412 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Diamond,  Morton Gould,  Roy Harris,  Douglas Moore
    Performer:  Theodore Bikel,  Margery Dodds,  Richard Troxell,  Karl Dent  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Timothy Koch,  Kenneth Davis,  Joseph Cullen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Carolina Chamber Chorale,  Texas Tech University Choir  ... 
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    Milken Archive - S. Adler: Symphony No 5, Etc / Adler
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559415 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Adler
    Performer:  Helen Kruszewski,  Mary Ellen Callahan,  Pen Ying Fang,  Ted Christopher  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Gardner,  Samuel Adler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir,  Eastman Players,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Milken Archive - A Hanukka Celebration / Levin, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559410 Release Date: 11/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raymond Goldstein,  Hugo Chaim Adler,  Traditional,  Samuel Adler  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Spiro,  Zhou Jin,  Benzion Miller,  Abba Bogin  ... 
    Conductor:  Neil Levin,  Timothy Koch,  Rodney Winther,  Samuel Adler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Hebraeico,  Carolina Chamber Chorale,  Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony  ... 
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    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 6 / Michael Ponti
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5069 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin,  Edward MacDowell
    Performer:  Mary Louise Boehm,  Abbott Ruskin,  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Samuel Adler,  David Epstein,  Siegfried Landau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  MIT Symphony Orchestra,  Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
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