Crist, Bainbridge

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Crist, Bainbridge

Crist, Bainbridge , American composer and teacher; b. Lawrenceburg, Ind., Feb. 13, 1883; d. Barnstable, Mass., Feb. 7, 1969. He studied piano and flute; later law at George Washington Univ. (LL.B.). He went to Europe to complete his musical training (theory with P. Juon in Berlin and C. Landi in London, and singing with William Shakespeare. He taught singing in Boston (1915–21) and Washington, D.C. (1922–23); returned to Europe (1923) and spent four years in Florence, Paris, Lucerne, and Berlin; then settled in Washington, D.C. Crist devoted much time to teaching. He was the author of The Art of Setting Words to Music (N.Y., 1944).


DRAMATIC Le Pied de la momie, choreographic drama (1915); Pregiwa’s Marriage, Javanese ballet (1920); The Sorceress, choreographic drama (1926). ORCH.: Egyptian Impressions, suite (Boston Pops, June 22, 1915); Abhisarika for Violin and Orch. (1921); Intermezzo (1921); Chinese Dance (1922); Arabian Dance (1922); Nautch Dance (1922); Dreams (1924); Yearning (1924); Nocturne (1924); An Old Portrait (1924); La Nuit revecue (1933; N.Y., March 8, 1936); Vienna 1913 (1933); Frivolite (1934); Hymn to Nefertiti (1936); Fete espagnole (1937); American Epic 1620, tone poem (Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 1943). CHAMBER : Piano pieces. VOCAL: V o i c e an d

O r c h . : A Bag of Whistles (1915); The Parting, poem (1916); Rhymes (1917); O Come Hither! (1918); Drolleries (1920); Colored Stars, suite of four songs (1921); Remember (1930); The Way That Lovers Use (1931); Noontime (1931); Evening (1931); By a Silent Shore (1932). O t h e r : Choral works; songs.


J. Howard, B. C. (N.Y., 1929).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire