Hugo von Leichtentritt ( German: Hugo Leichtentritt ; January 1, 1874 , Pleshen , now Poland - November 13, 1951 , Cambridge , USA ) is a German musicologist and composer.
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Leichtentritt divided his whole life between Germany and the USA. He graduated from college in Massachusetts , then studied at the Berlin Graduate School of Music and at Harvard University with John Knowles Payne . Returning to Germany, Leichtenritt defended his dissertation in 1901 on the operas of Reinhard Kaiser . Then, until 1924 , he taught at the Scharwenki Conservatory (in 1931 , marking the 50th anniversary of this institution with a special study), while collaborating as a music critic in the newspapers Allgemeine Musikzeitung , Vossische Zeitung and others, as well as acting as a Berlin correspondent New York's New Yorker Musical Courier and London's Musical Times. After the Nazis came to power in 1933 , Leichtentritt left for the USA, where he taught at Harvard and New York.
Leichtentritt's works are devoted to a wide range of topics. He was interested in early musical genres - in particular, his "History of Motet " ( German Geschichte der Motette ; 1908 ) is significant. At the same time, Leichtentritt wrote separate brochures and important articles about contemporary composers - Ferruccio Busoni , Arnold Schönberg , Erwin Lendvai , Ignaz Waghalter ; in 1946 , he released a book about Sergey Kusevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra . Leichtentritt also focused on the work of Handel and Chopin : the book “Chopin” ( 1905 , Russian translation 1930 ), the two-volume “Analysis of Piano Works by Chopin” ( German Analyse der Chopin`schen Klavier-Werke ; 1921 ). The books of Leichtentritt “Musical Forms” ( German Musikalische Formenlehre ; 1911 , a revised American edition of the Musical Form , 1951 ) and “Music, History, and Ideas” ( English Music, History, and Ideas ; 1938 ; Spanish translation of 1945 , Japanese 1970 ), and also prepared by Nikolai Slonimsky and published posthumously volume “Music of the Western countries” ( English Music of the Western Nations ; 1956 ). Leichtentritt edited the editions of individual works of Mozart , Beethoven , Brahms , Tchaikovsky and others, as well as letters from Mozart and Beethoven.
Leichtentritt's composer's heritage includes the opera Sicilian ( German: Der Sizilianer ; 1920 ), a symphony, chamber music, and songs in a non - baroque style.
- Musical Encyclopedic Dictionary / Ch. ed. G.V. Keldysh. - M .: Soviet Encyclopedia, 1990. - ISBN 5-85270-033-9 - p. 293-294