Quinto Maganini

Quinto Maganini

Fellow: Awarded 1928

Field of Study: Music Composition

Fellow: Awarded 1929

Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 11-30-1897

Died: 03-10-1974

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1928: Maganini, Quinto: Appointed to compose an epic symphony for grand orchestra on the life and era of Napoleon I, a second sonata for violin and piano, and to work on an opera based on Bret Harte’s “The Bellringer of Angels” (libretto by the composer), principally in France; tenure, twelve months from June 1, 1928. Born November 30, 1897, at Fairfield, California. Education: Studied elementary harmony with Domenica Brescia and J. T. H. Gold; composition with Nadia Boulanger; Conservatoire Americain, 1925–27; flute with Emilio Puyans and George Barrère. Flutist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1919–20; New York Symphony Orchestra, 1920–28; Russian Symphony Orchestra, 1924–25; David Mannes Metropolitan Museum Concerts, 1920–27. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, 1927. Principal Compositions: “Tuolumne,” a pastorale scene, performed by the New York Philharmonic and New York Symphony Orchestras, 1925–26; “Songs of the Chinese,” for chorus of women, soloists, two pianos and percussion instruments, first performance, 1926, by the Women’s University Glee Club and since then performed many times in the United States and abroad; “La Rumba,” a Cuban rhapsody for orchestra, first performance, 1926, by George Barrère and his Little Symphony Orchestra, and by Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra and since then performed more than one hundred times in the United States and in Europe; “Fantaisie Japonaise” for flute and piano, 1924; Suite for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 23, first performance, March, 1927, by George Barrère and his Little Symphony Orchestra; Song Cycle for tenor, first performance April 3, 1928, by Charles Premmac; Sonata in C major for flute and piano, Op. 24, first performance, League of Composers, February 12, 1928; “The Realm of Dolls,” a quartet for four flutes, often performed abroad and in the United States; many other smaller compositions, published and unpublished.  

AWARDS WON

Pulitzer Prize, Music Composition, 1927