Charles Martin Loeffler

Biography

Born: January 30, 1861; Mulhouse, France   Died: May 19, 1935; Medford, MA  
The young Loeffler learned violin from a German musician in the small town of Smjela near Kiev. The family moved to Hungary and then to Switzerland in 1873. At 14, Loeffler decided to become a musician and went to Berlin to study violin with Eduard Rappoldi, theory with Friedrich Kiel, and also to study with Joachim. He left for Paris in order to work with Joseph Massart and assimilate the pure, elegant style of the French school. He joined the Read more Pasdeloup Orchestra and then the private orchestra of Baron Paul von Derwies. Loeffler identified closely with French culture and was embittered against Germany after his father had been imprisoned in the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein "for having told the truth about certain things concerning the Prussian government."

When the Russian Baron died, Loeffler sailed to New York in June of 1881 and played in orchestral concerts conducted by Leopold Damrosch. In 1882, he was appointed assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and remained there until 1903. He also taught and composed the Berceuse for violin and piano (1884), Night in the Ukraine for violin and orchestra (1891), and the lovely Harmonie du soir for low voice, viola, and piano (1897). The astonishing La mort de Tintagiles for viola d'amore and orchestra (1900) fully reveals Loeffler's deep sensibilities with its advanced harmonics and macabre, sinister impressionism.

Loeffler exclusively devoted himself to teaching and composition after 1903. In many of the works of this time, Loeffler shows his love for unusual timbres and instrumental combinations; for example, in L'archet for female voices, viola d'amore, and piano (1901); Ballade carnavalesque for flute, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, and piano (1904); the Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano (1905); A Pagan Poem for orchestra, piano, English horn, and three trumpets obbligato (1906); and the elegantly lyrical and moving setting of Psalm CXXVII (By the Rivers of Babylon) for female chorus, cello obbligato, two flutes, organ, and harp (1907).

In 1910, Loeffler settled in Medfield where he bought a house, bred horses, read classic and contemporary literature, and enjoyed epicurian cooking. His later works reflect many influences; for example, the Gershwin and dance band-like rhythms of Clowns for expanded jazz orchestra (1928), Memories of My Childhood (1925) with its Greek Orthodox church bells and folk-like harmonica melodies, and the Five Irish Fantasies (composed variously between 1906 and 1920, with the orchestration publication in 1935) with its texts by Yeats and William Heffernan the Blind, which moves with enthralling, heroic, and rhythmic energy and creates eerie and brooding moods. Loeffler's exquisite and moving Music for Four Stringed Instruments (1917) was composed in memory of the American aviator Victor Chapman, who died in France that same year. Read less
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    Douce France / Anne Sofie von Otter
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5343 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Reynaldo Hahn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Carl Bagge,  Olle Linder,  Per Ekdahl,  Bengt Forsberg  ... 
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton von Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Hamlet Echoes /  Doufexis,  Sachse, Heide
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553234 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Christian Jost  ... 
    Performer:  Stella Doufexis,  Pauline Sachse,  Daniel Heide
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    From The Old World To The New / Karina Lucas, Rebecca Jones, Simon Lane
    Label: Sonimage   Catalog: 956514 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Frank Bridge,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Karina Lucas,  Rebecca Jones,  Simon Lane
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    Pierne: Sonata Da Camera; Loeffler: Two Rhapsodies; Five Songs
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Bridget MacRae,  Daniel Pailthorpe,  Julian Milford,  Douglas Paterson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Conchord Ensemble
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    Icon - Leopold Stokowski - The Maverick Conductor
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98555 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Cesti,  Ernest Bloch,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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    The Early String Quartet in the USA
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5057 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Franklin,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  George W. Chadwick  ... 
    Performer:  Isabelle Byman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kohon String Quartet
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    Poetic Inspirations - Works For Oboe, Viola & Piano
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Marco Aurélio Yano,  Felix White,  August Klughardt  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Young,  Alex Klein,  Ricardo Castro
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    Scriabin: Poem Of Ecstasy; Loeffler, Glazounov / Rosenthal
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66887 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Alexander Glazunov
    Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Matrix 4 - Gliere/Stokowski: Symphony No. 3;  Loeffler
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65074 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Charles Martin Loeffler
    Performer:  William Kosinski,  Robert Hunter
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra
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    Boston To Paris - Music For Saxophone / Arno Bornkamp, Et Al
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 30589 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  André Caplet,  Vincent D'Indy,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Arno Bornkamp
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Symphony
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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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    All-american - Gershwin, Loeffler, Et Al / Toscanini, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2256/57 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Paul Creston,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Benny Goodman,  Oscar Levant
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1057 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Schwantner,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Rebecca Henderson,  Timothy Lovelace,  Helen Callus
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    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: CRC 2626 Release Date: 06/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rebecca Clarke,  Dennis Riley,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Craig Walsh  ... 
    Performer:  Kelly Burke,  Scott Rawls,  Arthur Tollefson,  Mark Moliterno  ... 
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    True Colors - Samazeuilh,Et Al / Chamber Music Palm Beach
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11120 Release Date: 08/06/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Walter Piston,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Palm Beach
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    Kahn, Klughardt, Loeffler, Hindemith: Trios /De Vries, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9990 Release Date: 07/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  August Klughardt,  Paul Hindemith,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Robert Kahn
    Performer:  Henk Guittart,  Han de Vries,  Ivo Janssen
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    American Classics - Loeffler: Music For String Quartet, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559077 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler
    Performer:  Wendolyn Olson,  Jerilyn Jorgensen,  Margaret Miller,  Katharine Knight  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Vinci Quartet
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    Americans In Paris - Songs / Hilary Hight Daw, Barbara Efird
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20073 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Morten Lauridsen,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Hillary Hight Daw,  Barbara Efird
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    Orff: Carmina Burana;  Loeffler / Stokowski, Houston So
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67569 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Virginia Babikian,  Clyde Hager,  Guy Gardner
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Chorale  ... 
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    Chamber Music With Oboe / Genovese, Serkin
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Genovese,  Burton Fine,  Robert Spano,  Peter Serkin  ... 
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    The Art Of Robert Bloom - Chamber Music Vol 3
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Reinecke,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Richard Donovan,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  John Barrows,  Leonid Hambro,  Robert Bloom,  Seymour Fink  ... 
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    American Psalmody Vol 2 - By The Rivers Of Babylon
    Label: Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog: 3349 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Ashley White,  Robert Starer,  Bruce Neswick,  Samuel Adler  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria McNeil,  Rosemary Ingwersen,  Christopher Swidrak,  Paul Tingley  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
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    Music For Quiet Listening Vol 2
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434390 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Anatole Liadov,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  David Burge,  Robert Sprenkle,  Francis Tursi,  Armand Basile  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  Eastman Philharmonia
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    Mozart, Loeffler, Paladihe, Britten / John Mack
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 323 Release Date: 06/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Emile Paladilhe,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Mack,  Eunice Podis,  Abraham Skernick,  Stephen Geber  ... 
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