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composer , conductor

Mortimer Wilson, American composer, conductor. Awarded $500 prize for “New Orleans” (Mardi Gras) Overture, offered by Hugo Riesenfeld, of the Rivoli and Rialto theatres, for best original American overture, Oct.

Background

Wilson, Mortimer was born on August 6, 1876 in Chariton, Iowa, United States. Son of John and Mary W. (Harper) Wilson.

Education

Studied with F. G. Gleason, S. E. Jacobson, William Middleschulte, Oscar Nedbal, Hans Sitt and Max Reger.

Career

1 son, Mortimer. Director department of theory and composition, University of Nebraska, 1901-1908. Director Atlanta Conservatory, 1913-1914. Director department of theory, Brenau College, Gainesville, Georgia, 1915-1916, Malkin Music School, New York, 1917-1918.

Conductor Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, 1912-1915. Guest conductor New York Philharmonic Orchestra, 1918. Became conductor Wilson Sinfonietta.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: (piano) Bagatelles, In Georgia, Euterpean Lyrics, Sonatinas and Suites, Sonatilla, Silhouettes from the Screen, Cinema Close-Ups, Half-Minute Lyrics. (piano four hands) Images of an Artistic Infant, Toy Suite, Around a Stump, The Young Virtuoso. (two pianos) Pieces Ensemble.

      (violin, cello and piano) From My Youth, Trio in G Minor. (organ) Seven Preludes, Sonata C Major, From the Hickory and the Cotton. (violin and piano) Romance, 3 Sonatas, Suite Petite, Suwanee Sketches, Three Interpretative Dances, Scenes from a Marionette Operette.

      (orchestra) Symphonies I, II, III, IV, V. (songs) Echoes from Childhood, Songs for Children. 30 Songs with Elizabethan poets’ texts, and smaller works.

      Compositions have been played by Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. Author: The Rhetoric of Music. Harmonic and Melodic Technical Studies.

      Orchestral Training. Awarded $500 prize for “New Orleans” (Mardi Gras) Overture, offered by Hugo Riesenfeld, of the Rivoli and Rialto theatres, for best original American overture, October 8, 1920. Overture “1849” composed for The Covered Wagon (picture). A scenic fantasy My Country (Robt.

      C. Bruce, Wilderness Tales). Original symphonic score for The Thief of Bagdad, Don Q, Son of Zorro, and The Black Pirate (Douglas Fairbanks’ feature films). String quartette, “In Rural California”.

      Suite for orchestra, “Music and Calories”.

Connections

Married Hettie Lewis, November 23, 1904.

father:
John Wilson

mother:
Mary W. (Harper) Wilson

spouse:
Hettie Lewis