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Nicolas Slonimsky

Nicolas SlonimskyAKA Nikolai Leonidovich Slonimsky

Born: 27-Apr-1894
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: 25-Dec-1995
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musicologist, Composer, Conductor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Preeminent musicologist

Emigrated to the United States in 1923. Conducted debut performances of works by Charles Ives, Edgard Varèse (Ionisation, 1933), and Henry Cowell. Responsible for overhauling Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians for its fifth edition in 1958, maintaining that reference in subsequent editions up to the eighth in 1991.

Father: Leonid Slonimsky
Mother: Faina Vengerova
Wife: Dorothy Adlow (m. 30-Jul-1931, d. 1964)
Daughter: Electra Yourke

    University: St. Petersberg Conservatory (1910-18)
    Teacher: Eastman School of Music (1923-25)
    Teacher: Slavonic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University (1945-47)
    Teacher: Lecturer in Music, Simmons College (1948-49)
    Teacher: Music, University of California at Los Angeles (1964-67)

    Naturalized US Citizen 1931

    Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (29-Jan-1994) · Himself

Author of books:
Music Since 1900 (1937)
Music of Latin America (1945)
The Road to Music (1947)
Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns (1947)
A Thing or Two About Music (1948)
Lexicon of Musical Invective (1952)
Lectionary of Music (1988)
Perfect Pitch: A Life Story (1988, memoir)
Nicolas Slonimsky: The First Hundred Years (1994, anthology, ed. Richard Kostelanetz)

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