Haufrecht, Herbert, American composer; b. N.Y., Nov. 3, 1909; d. Albany, N.Y, June 23, 1998. He studied piano with Severin Eisenberger at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and composition with Herbert Elwell and Quincy Porter at the Cleveland Inst. of Music, then completed his training in composition with Rubin Goldmark at the Juilliard Graduate School in N.Y (1930–34). He was a composer and arranger for the WPA Federal Theater in N.Y. (1937–39), national music director of Young Audiences, Inc. (1961–68), and an ed. and arranger for several N.Y. music publishers (1968–77). He also was active as a collector of folk music and publ. such vols, as Folk Sing (1960), ’Round the World Folk Sing (1964), Travelin’ on with the Weavers (1966), The Judy Collins Songbook (1969), Folk Songs in Settings by Master Composers (1970), and, with N. Cazden and N. Studer, Folk Songs of the Catskills (1982). Among his own works are the folk operas Boney Quillen (1951) and A Pot of Broth (1961–63).
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