Lamar Stringfield

Lamar Stringfield - one of the up-and-comers of early 20th Century American Classical Music - now, almost totally forgotten.

Music Of Lamar Stringfield – NBC Studio Orchestra – 1943 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone.

Lamar Stringfield
Lamar Stringfield – one of the up-and-comers of early 20th Century American Classical Music – now, almost totally forgotten.

Lamar Stringfield – Mountain Song from Southern Mountains Suite – NBC Studio Orchestra, Henri Nosco, cond. December 3, 1943 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Almost totally forgotten 20th Century Americana this weekend. The music of Lamar Stringfield, performed by the NBC Studio Orchestra, conducted by Henri Nosco on this December 3, 1943 broadcast of Music Of the New World.

Mountain Song from his Suite, The Southern Mountains, composed in 1928 was broadcast as part of this episode entitled “The Changing Frontier”.

Via Stringfield’s Wikipedia page:

Lamar Stringfield was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and studied at Mars Hill College near Asheville, North Carolina and Wake Forest University before joining the army in 1916. In the service, he played with the 105th Engineers regimental band stationed in France during World War I. He studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and later graduated with a diploma in flute performance from the Institute of Musical Art (1924), having studied with Georges Barrère. A highly respected flutist and composer of flute music, Stringfield was a founding officer of the New York Flute Club in 1920 along with William Kincaid (later principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and Georges Barrère of the New York Symphony Orchestra (predecessor of the New York Philharmonic). The Club has featured the world’s most prominent flutists in performance and other programs for over ninety years.

Lamar Stringfield conducted orchestra concerts in Asheville beginning in the 1920s, organizing the predecessor to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for an exhibition concert in 1927. Stringfield won the Pulitzer Travelling Fellowship for his musical composition, From the Southern Mountains in 1928. He founded the North Carolina Symphony in Chapel Hill in 1932 serving as conductor until 1938. He was associate conductor at the Radio City Music Hall for the 1938–1939 season, was appointed Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony in 1945 and conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 1946, serving for only one season before returning to conduct the Charlotte Symphony for the 1948–1949 season. Guest conducting engagements included the National Symphony Orchestra (November 13, 1932), United States Navy Band in 1936, the Miami Symphony, New York Civic and Festival Orchestras, in addition to numerous other regional orchestras.

Stringfield died in 1959 and after that his music became pretty much forgotten.

As a reminder of his work and why he was so popular at the time, here is that movement from his Southern Mountains Suite as performed by the NBC Studio Orchestra, led by Henri Nosco in 1943.

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