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David Mannes (măn´Ĭs), 1866–1959, American violinist, conductor, and educator, b. New York City. Mannes was violinist in the New York Symphony Orchestra from 1891 and its concertmaster from 1898 to 1912. In 1912 he founded the Music School Settlement for Colored People and in 1916, with his wife, the Mannes Music School, both in New York City. He inaugurated free concerts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1918. Music Is My Faith (1938) is his autobiography. His wife, Clara Damrosch Mannes, 1870–1948, b. Breslau, the daughter of Leopold Damrosch, was a pianist. A pupil of Busoni, she and her husband toured extensively in joint recitals. She was codirector with him of the Mannes Music School. Their son, Leopold Damrosch Mannes, 1899–1964, b. New York City, studied piano and composition in New York and Paris. He taught composition (1924–31) at the Mannes school and theory (1927–31) at the Institute of Musical Art (now Juilliard School of Music). In 1931 he became a research chemist with the Eastman Kodak Company and made significant contributions to the development of color photography. In 1939 he returned to the Mannes school (after 1953 known as the Mannes College of Music), subsequently becoming its president.

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Mannes College of Music

Mannes College of Music. Mus. coll. in NY City founded 1916 as Mannes Mus. Sch. by violinist and cond. David Mannes (b NY, 1866; d NY, 1959) and his wife Clara (1869–1948). Charter 1960. Present dean is Charles Kauffman.

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Mannes, David, American pedagogue, violinist, and conductor, father of Leopold Damrosch Mannes; b. N.Y., Feb. 16, 1866; d. there, April 25, 1959. He was a student in violin of August Zeiss and C.R. Nicolai in N.Y, of Heinrich de Ahna and Carl Halir in Berlin, and of Ysaÿe in Brussels. Returning to N.Y, he played in various theater orchs. In 1894 he organized the Music School Settlement. In 1895 he became a violinist in the N.Y. Sym. Soc, which he served as concertmaster from 1903 to 1912. In 1898 he married Clara Mannes (née Damrosch), with whom he subsequently made duo concert tours of the U.S. In 1912 he founded the Music School Settlement for Colored Children in Harlem. With his wife, he organized the David Mannes Music School in 1916, where he remained active for many years. In 1953 it became the Mannes Coll. of Music. He also was founder-conductor of a series of free sym. concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1918–47). His career is the subject of his memoir, publ. as Music Is My Faith (N.Y, 1938).

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M. Mannes, Out of My Time (Garden City, N.Y, 1971).

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