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Griffes, Charles Tomlinson

Alan Levy

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Griffes, Charles Tomlinson (17 September 1884–08 April 1920), composer, was born in Elmira, New York, the son of Wilbur Griffes, a manufacturer, and Clara Tomlinson. He was a precocious student, showing great flair and love for art and literature as well as for music. First bent upon a career as a pianist, Griffes, like most American music students of the day, studied in Europe (1903–1907). Among his teachers was the composer Engelbert Humperdinck. In Europe he perfected his pianistic technique and learned the crafts of harmony and composition. In course, Griffes discovered composition to be his true musical calling....

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Subjects: Composition

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