Skip to main content

Fussell, Charles C(lement)

Fussell, Charles C(lement)

Fussell, Charles C(lement), American composer and conductor; b. Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb. 14, 1938. He received lessons in piano from Clemens Sandresky in Winston-Salem, and in 1956 enrolled in the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he studied composition (B.M., 1960) with Thomas Canning, Wayne Barlow, and Bernard Rogers, piano with José Echaniz, and conducting with Herman Genhart. In 1962 he received a Fulbright grant and studied with Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. He attended Friedelind Wagner’s Bayreuth Festival Master Class in opera production and conducting in 1963, and then completed his training in composition at the Eastman School of Music (M.M., 1964). In 1966 he joined the faculty of the Univ. of Mass, in Amherst, where he founded its Group for New Music in 1974 (later re-named Pro Musica Moderna). He taught composition at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem (1976–77) and at Boston Univ. (1981). In 1981–82 he conducted the Longy School Chamber Orch. in Cambridge, Mass. In his music, he adopts a prudent modernistic idiom and favors neo-Romantic but never overladen sonorities, without doctrinaire techniques.

Works

DRAMATIC Opera : Caligula (1962). ORCH.: 4 syms.: No. 1, Symphony in 1 Movement (1963), No. 2 for Soprano and Orch. (1964–67), No. 3, Landscapes, for Chorus and Orch. (1978–81), and No. 4, Wilde, for Baritone and Orch. (1989); 3 Processionals (1972–73; Springfield, Mass., April 25, 1974); Northern Lights, 2 portraits for Chamber Orch., portraying Leos Janacek and Edvard Munch (1977–79); Virgil Thomson Sleeping, portrait for Chamber Orch. (1981); 4 Fairy Tales, after Oscar Wilde (1980–81); Maurice Grosser Cooking, portrait No. 2 for Chamber Orch. (1982–83); Jack Larson, portrait No. 3 for Chamber Orch. (1986). CHAMBER: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1962); Dance Suite for Flute, Trumpet, Viola, and 2 Percussionists (1963); Ballades for Cello and Piano (1968; rev. 1976); Greenwood Sketches: Music for String Quartet (1976); Free Fall for 7 Players (N.Y., May 9, 1988); Last Trombones for 6 Trombones, 5 Percussion, and 2 Pianos (1990). VOCAL: Saint Stephen and Herod, drama for Speaker, Chorus, and Winds (1964); Poems for Voices and Chamber Orch. (1965); Julian, drama for Soprano, Tenor, Chorus, and Orch. (1969–71; Winston- Salem, N.C., April 15, 1972); Voyages for Soprano, Tenor, Women’s Chorus, Piano, Winds, and Recorded Speaker (Amherst, Mass., May 4, 1970); Eurydice for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble (1973–75; Winston-Salem, N.C., Jan. 30, 1976); Resume, cycle of 9 songs for Soprano, Clarinet, String Bass, and Piano (1975–76); Cymbeline, romance for Soprano, Tenor, Narrator, and Chamber Ensemble (Boston, April 2, 1984); The Gift for Soprano and Chorus (1986; Boston, Dec. 24, 1987); 5 Goethe Lieder for Soprano or Tenor and Piano (1987; also for Soprano or Tenor and Orch., 1991); A Song of Return for Chorus and Orch. (1989); Wilde, 2 monologues for Baritone and Orch. (1989–90); other vocal works.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Fussell, Charles C(lement)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Fussell, Charles C(lement)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 22, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/fussell-charles-clement-0

"Fussell, Charles C(lement)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved September 22, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/fussell-charles-clement-0

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.