Forrest, Hamilton, American composer; b. Chicago, Jan. 8, 1901; d. London, Dec. 26, 1963. He was a student of Weidig at the American Cons, of Music in Chicago (M.M., 1926). His opera Yzdra (1925) received the Bispham Memorial Medal, and his opera Camille, with Mary Garden in the title role, was highly praised at its premiere (Chicago, Dec. 10, 1930). He prepared settings of 33 Kentucky mountain melodies and Negro folk songs, including He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, which were championed by Marian Anderson.
DRAMATIC Opera : Yzdra (1925); Camille (Chicago, Dec. 10, 1930); Marie Odile (n.d.); Don Fortunio (Inter-lochen, Mich., July 22, 1952); Daelia (Interlochen, July 21, 1954); Galatea (1957). B a 1 1 e t : The Yellow Wind and Le Pans des Revenants. Also incidental music. OTHER: 2 piano concertos; Panorama for Piano and Orch.; Watercolors for 14 Wind Instruments and Harp; piano pieces; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire