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Name:  Ernst Bacon  

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Born: May 26, 1898 in Chicago

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Bacon was born in Chicago. He attended Northwestern University where he pursued a degree in mathematics and after three years of study, he moved to the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ernst Bacon was an American composer, pianist, and conductor. He was a prolific author and composed over 250 songs during his career. He was awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships and the Pulitzer Prize for his First Symphony. In addition to his songs, Bacon has written two important essays on music; Words on Music and Notes on the Piano.


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Titles At Your Library

Words on Music.
ISBN: 083716768X

Praeger. 1973

Notes on the Piano
ISBN: 0815600305

Syracuse Univ Pr. 1963

"Should be a bedside reader for every author, composer, singer, critic, or layman interested in music." — Critic's Choice
An accomplished composer, pianist, writer, and teacher presents an easy and entertaining guide for players at all levels of expertise. Ernst Bacon offers valuable tips on working, listening, and playing habits in five sections that cover "The Performer," "The Learner," "The Player and Writer," "The Observer," and "Technically Speaking." This edition features an informative Introduction by virtuoso pianist and professor Sara Davis Buechner.


Awards

-- Pulitzer Prize for his First Symphony