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Theodore Stearns, American composer. award, in Germany, 1927-1928.

Background

Stearns, Theodore was born on June 10, 1880 in Berea, Ohio, United States. Son of Charles Wesley and Lucy (Pease) Stearns.

Education

Educated Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at Wurzburg Royal Conservatory, Bavaria, Master of Arts, 1898.

Career

Conducted Cleveland High School Orchestra and played viola in Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted opera and symphony in Wurzburg, also conducted for Victor Herbert, Fritz Kreisler and others. Editor The Etude, 1899-1900.

Music critic Chicago Herald Examiner, 1922, New York Morning Telegraph, 1922-1926 and 1927-1928. For creative work, recipient of Guggenheim Foundation award, in Germany, 1927-1928. Radio program arrangements for Mittel-Europa Rundfunk and in the United States, 1929-1931.

Professor music and chairman music department University of California at Los Angeles, since 1932. Composer: Atlantis (music drama, book and music), 1929. Endymion, opera, produced at Hofgeismar, Germany, 1896.

Indian Suite, 1898; Snowbird, one-act lyric episode, produced at Chicago, 1923 and Dresden, Germany, 1928. Suite Caprese, 1927, produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, 1932. In Death’s Garden, symphonic poem for orchestra and solo soprano, 1930.

Orchestral and choral tone-poem Baal-Hamon, 1935. Songs, etc. Author: Story of Music, 1931. Home: West Los Angeles, Calif.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: Atlantis (music drama, book and music), 1929. Endymion, opera, produced at Hofgeismar, Germany, 1896. Indian Suite, 1898

    • Snowbird, one-act lyric episode, produced at Chicago, 1923 and Dresden, Germany, 1928.

      Suite Caprese, 1927, produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, 1932. In Death’s Garden, symphonic poem for orchestra and solo soprano, 1930. Orchestral and choral tone-poem Baal-Hamon, 1935.

      Songs, etc. Author: Story of Music, 1931.

Connections

Married Margaret L. Middleton, May 6, 1920. Children: Irving, Charles, Pindar.

father:
Charles Wesley Stearns

mother:
Lucy (Pease) Stearns

spouse:
Margaret L. Middleton

children:
Irving Stearns

Charles Stearns

Pindar Stearns