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FILLMORE, HENRY - (1881-1956)
 
FILLMORE, HENRYHenry Fillmore (3 December, 1881 - 7 December, 1956) was an American musician, composer, publisher, and bandleader, best known for his many marches and screamers. A prolific composer, Fillmore wrote over 250 tunes and arranged orchestrations for hundreds more. He also published a great number of tunes under various pseudonyms. Henry Fillmore wrote under a series of different names such as Harold Bennett, Ray Hall, Harry Hartley, Al Hayes, and the funniest, Henrietta Moore.

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FISER, LUBOS - (1931-1999)
 
FISER, LUBOSLubos Fiser (September 30, 1935 - June 22, 1999) was a Czech composer, born in Prague. He was known both for his soundtracks and chamber music. He was born and lived all his life in Prague, where he was a student at the Prague Conservatoire from 1952 to 1956 and subsequently at the Academy of Music, from which he graduated in 1960. His composition teachers were Emil Hlobil and Pavel Borkovec but it was from Hlobil that he learnt creative discipline and self-criticism and about whom he would speak most appreciatively in later years. He remembered presenting a fugal exercise to his teacher on one occasion, only to be asked: "Do you have a stove? Then use it!" From 1956 he studied at the AMU in Prague. His first publicly performed compositions were "Four Pieces for Violin and Piano" (1954).


FISHER, WILLIAM ARMS - (1861-1948)
 
FISHER, WILLIAM ARMSWilliam Arms Fisher was born in San Francisco on 27 April, 1861 and died at Boston on 18 December, 1948. He was an American music editor and writer on music. He received his early musical training in Oakland, New York and London. Among his teachers were Horatio Parker and Antonin Dvorak. At the National Conservatory in New York City, Fisher studied composition with Dvorak and became his assistant when the faculty of that institution ranked with the greatest music schools in the world. He was Dvorak's favorite pupil and companion in America. On the night of the first performance of the "New World" Symphony, William Arms Fisher sat in a box with the master.* He studied along with the Black students who responded to the advertisement by The National Conservatory of Music of America extending a cordial invitation to Negroes in May of 1893.

Antonin Dvorak, according to his son Otakar's memory book,** was anxious for Black Americans to participate in his classes during the 4-year residency which began at the Conservatory in the fall of 1892. Dvorak was very aware of their exceptional musical talent and therefore fought very hard for them to be accepted.

On May 21, 1893, the New York Herald printed a controversial interview with Dvorak in which he stressed the importance of Black music for America, challenging American composers to make use of the wealth of original American material. Dvorak was the first musician of world stature to predict that the future of American music would be based on Black music. He was criticized by the press throughout the United States for expressing such a view. History would be the ultimate judge.

Dvorak also insisted that Blacks should participate in instrumental education and so to his credit, they finally played in the conservatory orchestra. Notable among these students were Harvey Loomis, Laura S. Collins, Rubin Goldmark, Harry Rowe Shelley, William Kinney, and J. Pinter. Harry T. Burleigh befriended Dvorak while studying at the school as well, although not Dvorak's student. The National Conservatory of Music of America in New York arranged concerts from the compositions composed by Dvorak's students. Each student had to conduct their own composition. These concerts were scheduled at the end of each year in 1893 and in 1894.

As a songwriter, Fisher accepted Dvorak's challenge and made settings of Negro spirituals, publishing one collection as "Seventy Negro Spirituals" (1926). Fisher's arrangement of the second movement of Dvorak's "From the New World" Symphony was a pseudo-spiritual with the text "Goin' Home" which became very popular and still continues to resonate in the hearts of all who experience it.

William Arms Fisher was one of America's earliest music historians recognizing the vitality and value of 18th and early 19th century American music. His publications listed in Grove's include Notes on Music in Old Boston (Boston, 1918), One Hundred and Fifty Years of Music Publishing in the United States (Boston, 1934), two historical anthologies- Ye Olde New-England Psalm tunes 1620-1820 (Boston, 1930) and The Music that Washington Knew (Boston, 1931). He also wrote on Music Festivals in the United States (Boston, 1934) and edited several anthologies of Negro spirituals, Irish songs, etc.

Professionally, Fisher became the editor and director of publications for the Oliver Ditson Company in Boston in 1897, a company he served for 40 years. He was twice president of the Music Teachers National Association and for three years was president of the Music Publishers' National Association. In 1926, until his retirement in 1937, he was vice-president of the company which contributed much to music publishing in the United States, Oliver Ditson Company, acquired by Theodore Presser Co. in 1931.

-Anita Smisek, O.P. revised, October 14, 1999

* March 1949 Etude, from a memorial tribute by Dr. Cooke

** Information taken from pp 34-35 of Otakar Dvorak, Antonin Dvorak, My Father, edited by Paul J. Polansky, translated from Czech by Miroslav Nemec, 1993, The Czech Historical Research Center, Inc., Spillville, Iowa 52168-0183.

GOIN' HOME - Antonin Dvorak/William Arms Fisher/arranged by Joel Blahnik

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FLEGL, JOSEF - (1881-1962)
 
FLEGL, JOSEFJosef Flegl, Czech composer, is the brother of composer, Vaclav Flegl. Josef played violoncello with the Czech Philharmonic for awhile, studied piano, and founded a private music school in Prague. He is well known for his instructive music for children. He also composed music inspired by folklore especially from the area under the giant Krkonos Mountains.


FLYNN, LUKE - (b. 1988)
 
FLYNN, LUKELuke Flynn (born 1988, Dubuque, Iowa) had a musical career which began very early in life. Luke taught himself to play the trumpet at the age of seven and began his musical training one year later. By the age of 10, Luke was the principle trumpet player for the national-traveling youth jazz band, Caboose. His other musical instruments include trumpet, piano, guitar, many world instruments (such as the Japanese koto and shyakuhachi, and the Chinese hulusi), and many others.

Beginning to compose and write music in his high school years, Luke decided to promote his music by touring across America with his rock band, VeraSun, before entering a University. Prior to touring with his band, Luke studied composition with Dr. Amy Dunker at Clarke University, where he became the recipient of the Pauline Mathis Pfohl Leadership Award and the Ruth Bethke Fine Arts Award. Luke has also had the privilege of being the first American student to study music composition at the University of Kagoshima in Japan where he studied with Dr. Tadashi Kubo. He has had mentoring experiences with renowned composers and conductors, eg. Drs. Michael Schelle, Timothy Salzman, and Stanley DeRusha.

Many of Luke's compositions have been performed in multiple states and countries including commissions in Japan and South Korea and featured at national and regional Society of Composers, Inc., conferences.

A great interest in theater and film scoring has motivated Luke to compose scores for a variety of plays. His score for Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" was granted the 2011 American College Theater Festival merit for best original score.

His choral score, "Beneath the Wave," a threnody piece for the victims of the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, which is set to his own original text in Japanese, was the winner of the 2012 San Jose Choral Project Composition Competition.

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FOX, ANGELA - (b. 1976)
 
FOX, ANGELAAngela Fox (June 4, 1976 from Minnesota) holds a B.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition with a Minor in Dance from St. Cloud State University. She was accepted into the Vocal Performance Program as a freshman and was a regular soloist with the Concert Choir and Opera Theater. She has toured with the singing group Carpenters Tools, has sung for radio jingles, and recorded backup vocals for various CDs. She recently was a finalist and wildcard winner of the WB television singing competition "Gimme the Mike." She performed at WE Fest, one of the largest country music festivals in the country, in the summer of 2005. Her debut CD Gravity will be released in the spring of 2006.

Fox was a principal dancer, choreographer, and composer for the St. Cloud State Repertory Dance Theater in St. Cloud, MN. One of her pieces, "Shadows of Light" was featured at the Martin Luther King Celebration at Concordia College in St. Paul, MN. She composed music the St. Cloud State University Drama Department, creating the original score for the production of Tale of the Last Formicans. Fox also worked at Theater LHomme Dieu for two seasons as a choreographer, dancer and actor.

Fox worked as Music Coordinator, Chancel Choir director, Youth Choir director, and Kids Choir director at River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville, MN for five years where she was a regular soloist (vocal and piano) and a featured composer. She currently teaches private piano and voice lessons in the Twin Cities Area and is co-owner of South of the River Music, a company that provides private music lessons in peoples homes and special music programs for children ranging in ages from birth to four.

Known for her beautiful melodies and poignant lyrics, Foxs music has been a mainstay at churches and music studios. Her ability to create the emotion of music in even the simplest of pieces has made her music a favorite for performers of all levels.


FREEMAN, DANIEL - (b. 1959)
 
FREEMAN, DANIELDaniel Freeman was born on April 27, 1959, in Everett, Washington. He holds degrees in Piano (B.M., 1981, University of Wisconsin) and Musicology (M.M., 1983, Ph.D. 1987, University of Illinois). He has held teaching positions at the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, and the University of Minnesota. His publications include a book, The Opera Theater of Count Franz Anton von Sporck in Prague, and scholarly articles devoted to the eighteenth-century keyboard sonata and keyboard concerto, baroque and classic-era opera, the musical culture of eighteenth-century Bohemia, and the music of J. S. Bach, the Bach sons, Antonio Vivaldi, W. A. Mozart, and Josquin des Prez. His biography of the Czech composer Josef Myslivecek is in the latest edition of the Grove’s Encyclopedia of Music. His third book, Mozart in Prague, is in preparation.


FRIML, RUDOLF - (1879-1972)
 
FRIML, RUDOLFRudolf Friml (December 7, 1879 - November 12, 1972) was a composer of operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as a pianist. After musical training and a brief performing career in his native Prague, Friml moved to the United States, where he became a composer. His best-known works are Rose-Marie and The Vagabond King, each of which enjoyed success on Broadway and in London and were adapted for film.


FRYE, CHRISTOPHER B. - (b. 1956)
 
FRYE, CHRISTOPHER B.Christopher B. Frye, born in 1956, grew up in Columbus, Ohio where the piano was an object of fascination and study to him. During his high school years he was really serious about his piano study. But that wasn't all. During this same time, he had experiences with rock bands, was part of the jazz band at school, and became interested in electronic music as well. These special interests were pursued in college. From pop and rock to jazz, his gift of improvising grew and grew. It is then no wonder that music theory and composition became his focus for graduate and doctoral studies. Dr. Frye is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse since 1984.

He received degrees in composition from Capital University and The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where his principal teachers were Scott Huston and Jonathan Kramer.

As a composer, he writes mainly because he receives ideas which beg to take musical form. They are usually motivated by a request from a special person, group, or occasion. Chris Frye's compositions range from tonal to abstract pieces. He has taken the freedom to experiment with less traditional notation and electronic music as well. His compositions include choral works, instrumental ensemble (chamber) works, electronic pieces, and piano solos. All of his compositions have been premiered. He hopes to be able to write more for large musical ensembles (band or orchestra) in the future.

His music has been performed throughout the United States by ensembles such as the Milwaukee Symphony, and The Cincinnati Choral Society, and at national and regional festivals sponsored by organizations such as The Society of Composers, Inc., the Minnesota Composers Forum, Cincinnati Composers Guild, Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, Cleveland Composers Guild, Memphis State University New Music Festival and The Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.

He has been awarded prizes by the University of Maryland and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs and has been commissioned to write music for the Music Fix chamber ensemble of Madison and The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Civic Symphony.

Mr. Frye was a founding member of the Cincinnati Composers Guild and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.

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FUCIK, JULIUS - (1872-1916)
 
FUCIK, JULIUSJulius Fucík (18 July 1872 - 25 September 1916) was a Czech composer and conductor of military bands.

Fucík spent most of his life as the leader of military brass bands. He became a prolific composer, with over 400 marches, polkas, and waltzes to his name. As most of his work was for military bands, he is sometimes known as the "Bohemian Sousa".

Today his marches are still played as patriotic music in the Czech Republic. However, his worldwide reputation rests on one work: his Opus 68 march, the Entrance of the Gladiators (Vjezd gladiátoro), which is universally recognized, often under the title Thunder and Blazes, as one of the most popular theme tunes for circus clowns.

Another composition, The Florentiner March, is not as popular as Entrance of the Gladiators, but it is regularly performed and recorded by wind ensembles.

Fucík was the uncle of the famous journalist Julius Fucík, who was executed by the Nazi regime.

Fucík was born in Prague on 18 July 1872 when Prague was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As a student, he learned to play the bassoon with Ludwig Milde, violin with Antonín Bennewitz, and various percussion instruments, later studying composition under Antonín Dvorák.

In 1891, he joined the 49th Austro-Hungarian Regiment as a military musician. He initially played in Krems by the Danube under Josef Franz Wagner. In 1894 Fucík left the army to take up a position as second bassoonist at the German Theatre in Prague. A year later he became the conductor of the Danica Choir in the Croatian city of Sisak. During this time, Fucík wrote a number of chamber music pieces, mostly for clarinet and bassoon.

In 1897, he rejoined the army as the bandmaster for the 86th Infantry Regiment based in Sarajevo. Shortly after, he wrote his most famous piece, the Einzug der Gladiatoren or Entrance of the Gladiators. Fucík's interest in Roman history led him to name the march as he did. The tune is now universally associated with the appearance of the clowns in a circus performance. In its circus context, the tune is also known by the title Thunder and Blazes.

In 1900, Fucík's band was moved to Budapest where Fucík found there were eight regimental bands ready to play his compositions, but he also faced more competition to get noticed. Having more musicians at his disposal, Fucík began to experiment with transcriptions of orchestral works.

In 1910, Fucík moved again, returning to Bohemia where he became the bandmaster of the 92nd Infantry Regiment in Theresienstadt. At the time, the band was one of the finest in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and Fucík toured with them giving concerts in Prague and Berlin to audiences of over 10,000 people.

In 1913, Fucík settled in Berlin where he started his own band, the Prager Tonkünstler-Orchester, and a music publishing company, Tempo Verlag, to market his compositions. His fortunes began to wane with the outbreak of the First World War. Under the privations of the war, Fucík's business failed and his health suffered. On 25 September 1916, Julius Fucík died in Berlin at the age of 44. He is buried in Prague.


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