Charles Naginski

Charles Naginski was born in Cairo in 1909 and raised in Egypt. He came to the United States at age 18 to study composition at Juilliard. His promising career was cut short when he accidentally drowned in 1940, in Lenox, Massacusetts, while studying with Paul Hindemith at Tanglewood. Other teachers included Rubin Goldmark and Roger Sessions.

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    Charles Naginski was born in Cairo, Egypt on May 29, 1909. His premature death by drowning in Lenox, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1940, cut short a remarkably promising career as a composer. The marked talent for composition that Naginski evidenced at a very early age was recognized by his father, his first piano teacher. From 1928 to 1933 Naginski held a fellowship at the Juilliard Graduate School as a pupil of Rubin Goldmark. Later he studied at the American Academy in Rome, winning the American Prix de Rome in 1938.

    The catalogue of his works includes an orchestra suite (1931); two string quartets (1933); an orchestra poem (1936); Sinfonietta (1937); Three Movements for chamber orchestra (1937); The Minotaur, ballet for orchestra (1938); Nocturne and Pantomime (1938); Five Pieces from a Children’s Suite (Boston, 1940); and songs.

    The songs, although limited in number, are of high quality and deserve a wide public.

    –Class Voice and the American Art Song: A Source Book and Anthology by Helen Lightner

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    I Hear America Singing

    (Ernst Bacon, Jean Berger, Paul Bowles, Henry T. Burleigh, Stephen Foster, Ernest Gold, Charles Griffes, Richard Hageman, Sergius Kagen, Charles Martin Loeffler, Edward MacDowell, Charles Naginski, John Jacob Niles, Hermann Reutter, Frédéric Louis Ritter, Ned Rorem, William Grant Still, Hugo Weisgall and Tennessee Williams)


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    American Songs (Jennifer Larmore)

    (Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, John Woods Duke, Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Charles Ives, Charles Naginski and John Jacob Niles)


    Povla Frijsh: The Complete Recordings

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    Look Down, Fair Moon

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    Richard Cory

    Composer(s): Charles Naginski

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    Composer(s): Samuel Barber
    Leonard Bernstein
    Paul Bowles
    John Alden Carpenter
    Celius Dougherty
    John Duke
    Charles Tomlinson Griffes
    Richard Hageman
    Charles Naginski
    William Roy
    Gladys Rich
    Virgil Thomson
    Elinor Remick Warren

    Voice Type: High

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    Under the Harvest Moon

    Composer(s): Charles Naginski

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