Bonner, Eugene (MacDonald)

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Bonner, Eugene (MacDonald)

Bonner, Eugene (MacDonald), American composer and music critic; b. Jacksonville, N.C., 1889; d. Taormina, Sicily, Dec. 8, 1983. He studied at the Peabody Cons, of Music in Baltimore and received training in piano with Bachner and Hutcheson, in organ with Philips, and in composition with Bois and Brockway; during a European sojourn (1911–17), pursued studies in composition and instrumentation with Scott, Leh-mann, and Bedford; during a second European sojourn, took courses in instrumentation and conducting with Wolff in Paris (1921–27). Returning to the U.S., he became music ed. of Outlook Magazine (1927–29); subsequently was a music critic for the Brooklyn Eagle, the Daily Mirror, Cue Magazine, and the N.Y. Herald Tribune, and managing ed. of the Musical Record. In 1955 he settled in Taormina.


DRAMATIC: Opera: Barbara Frietchie (1921); Celui qui Épousa une Femme Muette (1923); The Venetian Glass Nephew (1927); The Gods of the Mountain (1936); Frankie and Johnnie (1945). incidental music to:The Young Alexander (1929). orch.:White Nights (1925); Taormina, little suite (1939); Concertino for Piano and String Orch. (1945). chamber: Piano Quintet (1925); Suite Sicilienne for Violin and Piano (1926). vocal:Whispers of Heavenly Death, 3 songs for Voice and Orch. (1922); Flutes for Voice and 4 Instruments (1923).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire