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Adler,Samuel(Hans)

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Adler, Samuel (Hans), esteemed German-born American composer, conductor, and pedagogue; b. Mannheim, March 4, 1928. His father was a cantor and composer, and his mother an amateur pianist. Adler began violin study as a child with Albert Levy. In 1939 the family emigrated to the U.S. After composition lessons with Fromm in Boston (1941–46), he studied with Hugo Norden (composition) and Geiringer (musi-cology) at Boston Univ. (B.M., 1948) before pursuing composition training with Piston, Thompson, and Fine at Harvard Univ. (M.A., 1950). He also attended the classes of Copland (composition) and Koussevitzky (conducting) at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summers, 1949-50). In 1950 he joined the U.S. Army, and was founder-conductor of the 7 th Army Sym. Orch., for which he received the Army Medal of Honor. Upon his discharge, he went to Dallas as music director of Temple Emanu-El (1953–56) and of the Lyric Theater (1954–58). From 1957 to 1966 he was prof. of composition at N. Tex. State Univ. in Dentón. He was prof. of composition (1966–94) and chairman of the music dept. (1973–94) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. In 1997 he became prof. of composition at the Juilliard School in N.Y. Adler has received many honors and awards, including the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award (1983) for his book The Study of Orchestration . In 1984-85 he held a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1990 he received an award from the American Academy and Inst. of Arts and Letters. In his compositions, he has followed a path of midstream modernism, in which densely interwoven contrapuntal lines support the basically tonal harmonic complex, with a frequent incidence of tangential atonal episodes. Much of his music is inspired by the liturgical cantilena of traditional Jewish music while oriental inflections also occur.

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