Dougherty, Celius (Hudson)

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Dougherty, Celius (Hudson)

Dougherty, Celius (HUDSON), American pianist and composer; b. Glenwood, Minn., May 27, 1902;d. Effort, Pa., Dec. 22, 1986. After training in piano and composition with Ferguson at the Univ. of Minn., he was a piano scholarship student of J. Lhévinne and Goldmark at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. He toured as an accompanist to noted singers of the day, several of whom championed his songs; he also toured in duo-piano recitals with Vincent Ruzicka, giving first performances of works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Hindemith et al. Among his compositions were Many Moons, opera (Poughkeepsie, N.Y, Dec. 6, 1962), Piano Concerto (1922), String Quartet (1938), Violin Sonata (1928), 2 pianos sonatas (1925,1934), Music from Seas and Ships, sonata for 2 Pianos (1942–43), and more than 100 songs.


J. Bender, The Songs of C. D. (thesis, Univ. of Minn., 1981).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire