Laurel Zucker Essay

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This concert was performed by Flutist Laurel Zucker and Pianist John Cozza. This concert included works by Paul Taffanel, Olivier Messiaen, Eric Ewazen, Germaine Tailleferre, and Charles Griffes.
Laurel Zucker is a flutist who left home at the age of 14 to study at the North Carolina School for the arts. She grew up with her brother and sister in Washington Heights, in Manhattan. Zucker begged her parents for a flute after hearing recordings and graduated high school at the age of 16 and studied flute at the New England Conservatory for two years with Paula Robison. Zucker completed her Bachelor of Music in Flute at Juilliard with Samuel Baron and had a very successful career performing in New York the following 13 years. In New York she performed
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He started his musical studies with his sister Katharine, who gave him his first piano lessons when he started out. In 1899, he completed his piano education at Elmira college under Mary Selena Broughton. In 1903, Mary financed his musical education in Berlin, he studied with Ernst Jedliczka and Gottfried Gaston, composition and counterpoint with other important people as well. In 1905, Griffes left the Stern Conservatory to study privately with Humperdinck. When he returned to the United States in 1907, he had composed many songs and a “Symphonische Phantasie” for orchestra and became a director of the music department at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. This was his career until he died in 1920. He was a wonderful teacher who was talked about by his colleagues and spent most of his free time composing and promoting his work in New York City each summer. He died of influenza at the at of 35 while working on a drama based on a text from Walt Whitman. Charles Griffes is famous for his musical Impressionism and was fascinated by exotic, mysterious sounds of the French Impressionist. He was also involved in Asian styles as well as more abstract and structured musical styles as well. Charles Griffes was one of the important American

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