Dick, Marcel, Hungarian-American violist, conductor, pedagogue, and composer, b. Miskolcz, Aug. 28, 1898; d. Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Dec. 13,1991. He was a pupil of Joseph Bloch (violin) and Kodaly (composition) at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest. After playing violin in the Budapest Phil., he was first violist in the Vienna Sym. Orch. (1924–27); he also played in the Kolisch and Rose Quartets. In 1934 he settled in the U.S.; after serving as second violist in the Detroit Sym. Orch., he held that position with the Cleveland Orch. (1943–49). In 1946 he joined the faculty of the Cleveland Inst. of Music, where he was head of the theory dept. from 1948 until his retirement in 1973. As a composer, he was influenced by the 12-tone system of his friend Schoenberg. Among his works were a Sym. (Cleveland, Dec. 14, 1950), a Sym. for 2 String Orchs. (1964), chamber music, and vocal pieces. His great-uncle was Eduard Remenyi.
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