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Carse, Adam (von Ahn)

Carse, Adam (von Ahn)

English composer and writer on music; b. Newcastle upon Tyne, May 19, 1878; d. Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, Nov. 2, 1958. He studied with F. Corder and Burnett at the Royal Academy of Music in London. From 1909 to 1922 he taught music at Winchester Coll., then taught harmony and composition at the Royal Academy of Music (1923–40). He assembled a collection of about 350 wind instruments, which he presented to the Horniman Museum in London in 1947. A catalog of this collection was publ. in 1951.

Works

2 symphonic poems: The Death of Tintagiles (London, 1902) and In a Balcony (London, Aug. 26, 1905); 2 syms. (London, July 3, 1906; London, Nov. 19, 1908, rev. 1909); 2 orch. suites: The Merry Milkmaids (1922) and The Nursery (1928); Judas Iscariot’s Paradise, ballade for Baritone, Chorus, and Orch. (1922); 2 sketches for Strings (1923); Barbara Allen for Strings; Norwegian Fantasia for Violin and Orch.; The Lay of the Brown Rosary, dramatic cantata; numerous choruses; chamber music; piano pieces; songs.

Writings

The History of Orchestration (London, 1925); Orchestral Conducting (London, 1929); Musical Wind Instruments (London, 1939); The Orchestra in the 18th Century (Cambridge, 1940; 2nd ed., 1950); The Orchestra from Beethoven to Berlioz (Cambridge, 1948); The Orchestra (London, 1948); 18th Century Symphonies (London, 1951); The Life of jullien (Cambridge, 1951).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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