By Kenneth W. Hart
this can be the 1st biography of this crucial determine, and it's advised from the perspective of an established colleague and good friend. Aligned with the biography, Kenneth W. Hart analyzes a few of Pfautsch's 1000's of compositions. this is often the definitive paintings on probably the most influential American choral musicians of the 20th century.
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Bartholomew’s, including his solo cantata, The Faith of Abraham. At that time this church was the premiere venue for church music in the entire city. Pfautsch considered this “a real shot in the arm” and proof of his mentor’s regard for his compositional efforts. Friedell twice assigned composition projects that turned into published works for the young composer. One of them, Puer nobis, was written to fulfill a fall 1947 semester class assignment to compose a Christmas carol. It was not published, however, until 1953, when it became his third work in print.
During the theology school years Pfautsch had quite a few professional singing engagements away from New York, as well. He was in great demand for singing the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah. He further built a reputation as perhaps the best narrator in the nation for Honegger’s King David. One Messiah performance at the First Methodist Church of McAllen, Texas, was attended by a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,000 people. 1 It was conducted by V.
Both he and Herseth were successful in the second auditions as well and were among the very few new singers chosen for the chorus. Thus it is true that Arturo Toscanini, albeit unknowingly, brought Lloyd and Edie Pfautsch together, a relationship that lasted fifty-seven years! The Italian maestro’s rehearsals provided the opportunity for the relationship to develop, during breaks and before and after rehearsal. Pfautsch also achieved “on-call” status with both the NBC and CBS choruses, singing with many famous conductors during that period.
A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch by Kenneth W. Hart