Inch, Herbert Reynolds

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Inch, Herbert Reynolds

Inch, Herbert Reynolds, American composer and teacher; b. Missoula, Mont., Nov. 25, 1904; d. La Jolla, Calif., April 14, 1988. He was a student of Josephine Swenson and A.H. Weisberg at the Univ. of Mont, in Missoula, and then of Hanson and Edward Royce at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.M., 1925; M.M., 1928); later took his Ph.D. at the Univ. of Rochester (1941). In 1931 he received a fellowshipto the American Academy in Rome. After teaching at the Eastman School of Music (1925-28; 1930-31), he taught at Hunter Coll. in N.Y. (1937–65). Inch’s works display a fine feel for lyrical and contrapuntal writing.


ORCH.: Variations on a Modal Theme (Rochester, N.Y., April 29, 1927); 3 Pieces for Small Orch. (Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 24, 1930); Sym. (Rochester, N.Y., May 5, 1932); Serenade for Small Orch. (Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 24, 1939); Piano Concerto (1940); Answers to a Questionnaire (1942); Northwest Overture (1943); Violin Concerto (1946-47; Rochester, N.Y, May 1, 1947); 3 symphoniettas (1948, 1950, 1955). CHAMBER: Piano Quintet (1930); 2 string quartets (1933, 1936); Divertimento for Brass (1934); 3 piano sonatas (1935, 1946, 1966); Cello Sonata (1941); Piano Trio (1963). VOCAL: Return to Zion for Women’s Chorus and Piano (1945); choruses.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire