Ave Maria Op. 46
Composer: Giovanni E. Conterno (1866-?), 1896
|1896 Op. 46 Ave Maria Sop. or Ten. Solo (BL)
|Score / MIDI / Lyrics: not available
BANDS AT THE ST.
LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR OF 1904: Information, Photographs, and
Database (Part 1), published by the authors Richard and Iris Schwartz,
Colonial Heights, Virginia, 2003.
p30, used with permission, courtesy of Richard & Iris
This entry begins with a quote from a
concert program entitled Grand Concert by Conterno’s Famous Concert Band of
New York as they appeared at World’s Fair, St. Louis, Mo. ([Concourse Park
Hotel] July 1904].
“Among the many bands that have so far been heard at the World’s Fair none,
it may be safely said, has a more definite art history than the organization
over which Luciano Conterno swings the baton. Conterno has for years played
in the East, has traveled extensively and makes programs that rival those of
the most famous of his competitors in point of musical combination.
His work took on an even more distinctive feature when he started the famous
Brighton Beach concerts which first induced the people of New York in large
numbers to make those pilgrimages to the seashore that have since become so
marked a feature of the summer life of the metropolis.
Luciano Conterno’s band during its World’s Fair engagement numbered
fifty-five men. The personnel is not alone numerically adequate, but
instrumentally select. Many of the men are soloists of recognized talent,
and the band also carries a complement of heavy strings (conra [sic] bassi)
to give its tone almost an orchestral quality. The reed section is
noteworthy for great precision and clarity of attack, reminding the trained
listener of the wondrous strains that preceded from the clarinets, piccoli,
saxophones and flutes in the days and night of the unapproachable Patrick
The colaborer of the organization is Dr. G. E. Conterno, son of the leader.
Dr. Conterno was up to recent date professor of music in the United States
Military Academy at West Point. He received his degree of doctor from the
University of the State of New York. For years he has been his father’s
right hand man in the projection of the big musical festivals which
Conterno’s band has presented in various parts of the country.”
Born in Italy, Luciano Conterno was bandmaster in the United States Navy in
the Civil War and in 1887, director of the Ninth Regiment Band, and later of
the Fourteenth Regiment Band of the New York State National Guard. Luciano
died in 1910 in New York City (from Rehrig, The Heritage Encyclopeadia of
Band Music, Integrity Press,Westerville, Ohio, 1996, page 181).
Dr. Giovanni E. Conterno, son of Luciano, was born in New York City on June
15, 1866. After having played in his father’s band at age thirteen, timpani
with the English Opera Company in 1886, piano with his father’s orchestra in
1883, clarinet in his father’s band in 1883, he became Deputy Bandmaster of
his father’s band in 1884. He finally received a Doctorate of Music from New
York State University in 1893. After touring Europe with his own productions
of his Opera Columbus, he became the Band Director at West Point in March
1895. Leaving West Point in September 1895, Conterno performed in several
bands. He then became the Bandmaster of the Thirteenth Regiment Band of New
York City in 1900. It is interesting that Conterno’s band was billed at the
1904 Fair as Conterno’s Concert Band of New York and not the Thirteenth
Regiment Band of New York City. Musical Directors of the group were both
Luciano Conterno and his son, Dr. G.E. Conterno. After the Fair G.E Conterno
played with a band at Manhattan Beach in 1911, and in 1917 directed a band
at Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York (Rehrig 1996 page 181).
Musical doctor degree questioned ? The
Musical times, Volume 34 - 1893 - p.214
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