James, Philip

Composer, conductor, bandleader, music educator, taught Bernard Herrmann and Milton Babbitt

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(1890-1975) American composer, conductor and educator. He studied organ with J. Warren Andrews 1904-09 and in 1907 also studied composition with Rubin Goldmark, Elliott Schneck, and Rosario Scalero, as well as organ with Joseph Bonnet and Alexandre Guilmant in Paris. In WW I, he became bandleader of the American Expeditionary Forces Headquarters Band. Victor Herbert heard his work with the band and upon James' discharge from the Army hired him as musical director for his musical comedy "My Golden Girl." James conducted the Victor Herbert Opera Company 1919-22. He co-founded and became 1st conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1922 and conducted the Bamberger Little Symphony, broadcast weekly over radio station WOR in New York, 1929-36. In 1923 James began a long teaching career at New York University, serving as head of the music department 1934-56. His students at NYU included composers Milton Babbitt and Bernard Herrmann. In 1932 he won a $5000 prize from NBC for his satirical composition "Station WGZBX", subsequently performed by many major orchestras. Other prize-winning compositions from the 1930s include his "Bret Harte Overture", "Suite for String Orchestra", and "Song of the Night". His larger-scale compositions were infrequently played after mid-20th century, however several of his early sacred compositions, including "Meditation a Ste. Clotilde" for organ and the anthem "By the Waters of Babylon" remain in the sacred repertoire. 3 x 4 1/2 clip from close of TLS

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