Ernst Bacon

Fellow: Awarded 1939

Field of Study: Music Composition

Fellow: Awarded 1942

Field of Study: Music Composition

Fellow: Awarded 1964

Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 05-26-1898

Died: 03-16-1990

Website: http://www.ernstbacon.org/

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1939–40:

BACON, ERNST:  Appointed for creative work in musical composition; tenure, six months from May 15, 1939.

Born May 26, 1898, in Chicago.  Education:  Northwestern University, 1915–18; University of Chicago, 1919–20; University of California, M.A., 1935; musical studies in the United States and abroad, 1923–1931; Pulitzer Travelling Scholarship, 1932.

Instructor in Piano and Opera Coach and Assistant Conductor, Eastman School of Music, 1925–27; Lecturer, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State Teachers College, 1933; Musical Editor, The Argonaut (San Francisco), 1933–35; conductor and founder of the Peninsula Choral Society, 1934–35, and of the Carmel Bach Festival, 1935; District Supervisor and Director of Symphony Orchestra, Federal Music Project of San Francisco, 1935–37; Conductor of the San Francisco Civic Junior Orchestra, 1935–37; Lecturer at San Francisco State College, 1934–35; Acting Professor of Music at Hamilton College, 1938; Dean of the School of Music, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1938—.

Principal compositions:  Prelude and Fugue, performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1925; Symphony No. 1, performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Issay Dobrowen conducting, 1932, by the Los Angeles and Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Gastone Usigli conducting, 1936; Cantata, Hans Leschke and the composer conducting, 1937; Country Roads (orchestral suite)performed by various Federal orchestras, 1936—; Take Your Choice (musical comedy, written in collaboration with Raish Stoll and Phil Mathias), performed by the Federal Music and Theatre Projects of San Francisco, 1936; songs performed by Sigrid Onegin, Roland Hayes, Eva Gauthier, Ethel Luening, Emily Hardy, in recitals and concerts during the period 1920–39.

Publications:  Compositions, Ten Songs, Songs to Walt Whitman with Orchestra.  Article in the Monist.

AWARDS WON

Pulitzer Prize, Music Composition, 1932