Meaning of LOEFFLER, CHARLES MARTIN in English

born Jan. 30, 1861, Mulhouse, France died May 19, 1935, Medfield, Mass., U.S. in full Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler American composer whose works are distinguished by a poetic lyricism in an Impressionist style. As a youth, Loeffler studied violin and music theory in Berlin and Paris. He went to the United States in 1881 and joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a violinist the following year. He resigned in 1903 to devote himself to composition. Almost all of his symphonic works were first performed by the Boston Symphony. His most enduring work, A Pagan Poem (1907; after an eclogue of Virgil) for piano and orchestra, uses Impressionistic harmonies to evoke pagan antiquity. Among other works are the symphonic poem Memories of My Childhood, subtitled Life in a Russian Village (1924), La Mort de Tintagiles (1905; after Maeterlinck), Evocation (1931; for women's voices and orchestra), Canticum Fratris Solis (1925; for voice and chamber orchestra), Music for Four Stringed Instruments (1917), and the Fantastic Concerto (1894; for cello and orchestra), as well as a number of songs, piano pieces, and other chamber music.

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