Dominick Argento

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Contemporary American composer, a leading specialist in the field of lyric opera and choral music, taught at the University of Minnesota (University of Minnesota) Minneapolis (Minneapolis). He was one of the founders of the `Center Opera Company`,to turn later in the opera of Minnesota (Minnesota Opera).

Among his best known works such as the opera ` Postcard from Marokko` (Postcard from Morocco),` Miss Flame Hevishem` (Miss Havisham`s Fire) and ` Mask angelov` (The Masque of Angels), as well as song cycles ` Six Elizabethan Songs` and `From the Diary of Virginia Woolf` -the latter brought him a musical Pulitzer (Pulitzer Prize for Music) in 1975. Argento wrote 14 operas, several major song cycles, orchestral works and a variety of choral works for small and large groups. Premieres of many of them have seen the light in Minnesota (Minnesota), where he taught Argento. Muse composer was his wife, the soprano Caroline Bailey (Carolyn Bailey), which is also often performed his compositions. She died on February 2, 2006.

Dominick Argento, the son of Sicilian immigrants, was born October 27, 1927 in York, Pennsylvania (York, Pennsylvania). Ironically, even though he became a famous composer ,boy at school thought music lessons unbearably boring. After high school, he was drafted into the army, where Argento mastered specialty cipher and demobilized, he became a student at the Peabody Conservatory (Peabody Conservatory), which was able to do thanks to voennymlgotam. Initially, Dominic studied piano ,but quickly switched to composition. His teachers were Henry Cowell (Henry Cowell) and Hugo Vaysgoll (Hugo Weisgall), and in 1951 he received a bachelor`s degree, and in 1953 - a master`s degree.

Even in the conservatory while Argento was music director of `Hilltop Musical Company`, space ,where local composers to submit their new works. This experience allowed Argento in touch with the world of a new opera. The director of the company was the writer John Olon - Scrimgeour (John Olon-Scrymgeour), with whom Argento later worked together on many operas.

In the early 50`s Argento he divided his time between America (America) and Italy (Italy), and ,thanks to a scholarship Fulbright (Fulbright Fellowship), spent a year in Florence (Florence), where he studied with Luigi Dallapikkola (Luigi Dallapiccola). He himself believed that this experience changed his entire life.

Then he defended his doctoral thesis at the School of Music Istmanovskoy (Eastman School of Music),received a scholarship Guggenheim (Guggenheim Fellowship) and was able to spend in Florence for another year and wrote a number of important of his works.

Argento moved to Minneapolis in 1958, CDB together with his wife and began to teach theory and composition at the University of Minnesota. For several years, he received orders from almost every major local ensemble. Composer noted that this constant feeling of interest in his work made him feel at home in Minnesota, although at first he did not want to move, and hoped to find a teaching position on the East Coast. He began to write music for productions in built in 1963, the theater Guthrie (Guthrie Theatre) and in the same year with Scrimger became the founder `Center Opera Company`.

By order of the Walker Art Center (Walker Art Center) Argento wrote a short opera ` Mask angela` that cemented his reputation as an outstanding choral composer.By 1971, when his daring surrealistic opera ` Postcard from Marokko` opened Opera Center (Center Opera), his fame reached national scale. As a result, Argento received orders from the New York City Opera (New York City Opera), Minnesota Opera, Washington Opera (Washington Opera),symphony orchestras of Baltimore (Baltimore) and St. Louis (St. Louis), and many other groups.

In the mid 70s he started writing choral works for the choir of the Church of Plymouth (Plymouth Church) in Minneapolis, which was led by his friend Philip Bryunell (Philip Brunelle). Cooperation with Bryunellom was particularly fruitful,and first performances of works held in the Plymouth Church and Opera Minnesota where Bryunell was also musical director. It was during this period Argento created a ` Jonah and kita` (Jonah and the Whale, 1973) on behalf of the Plymouth Congregational Church and the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark (St.Mark`s Episcopal Cathedral). The composer received more orders for choral works, including choral clubs Harvard (Harvard) and Yale (Yale).

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, the recording of his song cycle `Casa Guidi` American mezzosoprano Frederica von Stade (Frederica von Stade), accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra (Minnesota Orchestra) brought the author in 2004, the award ` Gremmi` (Grammy Award) for the best ` classic modern proizvedenie`. In the same year he published a book of his memoirs `Catalogue Raisonne as Memoir`.Currently Argento retains the title of honorary professor at the University of Minnesota. He still lives in Minneapolis and continues to do

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