Leonard Hokanson (August 13, 1931 – March 21, 2003) was an American pianist who achieved prominence in Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Born in Vinalhaven, Maine, he attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and Bennington College in Vermont, where he received a master of arts degree with a major in music. He made his concert debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eighteen. Drafted into the U.S. Army after graduate school, he was posted to Augsburg, Germany. He achieved early recognition as a performer in Europe, serving as a soloist with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony. He was awarded the Steinway Prize of Boston, and was a prizewinner at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. His numerous international music festival appearances included Aldeburgh, Berlin, Echternach, Lucerne, Prague, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, and Vienna.
One of the last pupils of Artur Schnabel, Hokanson also studied with Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Claude Frank, and Julian DeGray. He was professor of piano at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts for ten years before taking a position as professor of piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington in 1986. He was also a permanent guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music.
He was a founding member of the Odeon Trio [shown below],
and as a chamber musician performed with such ensembles as the Vermeer
Quartet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, the Ensemble Villa Musica, and the
Wind Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic. He frequently performed duo recitals
with the violinist Miriam Fried, the clarinetist James Campbell, and
the horn player Hermann Baumann. As a pianist for song recitals, he played
with numerous singers, including Martina Arroyo, Grace Bumbry, Melanie
Diener, Edith Mathis, Edda Moser, and Hermann Prey. His collaboration with
Prey extended over 25 years. He was also resident pianist with Bay Chamber
Concerts in Rockport, Maine.
Hokanson's many recordings include the complete piano works of Walter
Piston, Haydn sonatas, Mozart concertos, and Brahms intermezzi, as well
as Schubert's complete works for violin and piano with Edith Peinemann,
Brahms' sonatas for clarinet and piano with James Campbell, Beethoven's
complete songs with Hermann Prey and Pamela Coburn, the complete piano trios
of Brahms, Dvořák, and Schubert (Odeon Trio), previously unrecorded
early piano works of Schubert, and Norbert Burgmüller's Concerto
for Piano and Orchestra.
(born Christa Fuhrmann September 23, 1921 in Berlin, died November
19, 1977 in a plane crash near Madeira) was an Austrian musician and
Landon studied piano, organ, harpsichord and theory at the Vienna Music Academy .
In 1949 she married the American musicologist HC Robbins Landon and was then employed by the Haydn Society, which her husband founded, until 1958. From 1959 she was a freelance editor and from 1964 to 1977 research associate for the New Schubert Edition. In this role she discovered around 50 Schubert autographs in the archive of the Vienna Men's Singing Association.
She specialized in Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Above all, her edition of the Haydn piano sonatas is recognized in musicology.
In 1975 she was awarded an honorary professorship
by the City of Vienna.
Johann Michael Vogl (August 10, 1768 – November 19, 1840), was an Austrian baritone singer and composer. Though famous in his day, he is remembered mainly for his close professional relationship and friendship with composer Franz Schubert.
Vogl was born in Steyr. As a young man he enrolled at the Gymnasium at Kremsmünster, where he studied languages, philosophy, and sang in several musical productions by his friend Franz Süßmayr (the man who completed Mozart's Requiem). In 1786 Vogl went to Vienna to study, and later to practice law. In 1795 he debuted at the Vienna Hofoper, and quickly attracted a following for both his acting capability and the beauty of his voice.
In 1813, Franz Schubert attended a performance of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride in which Vogl sang the role of Orestes. Schubert never forgot the experience and determined to write for Vogl. The following year, when Vogl sang the role of Pizarro at the premiere of the final version of Beethoven's Fidelio, it is said that the 17-year-old Schubert actually sold his schoolbooks in order to afford a ticket.
When composer and singer finally met, in 1817, Vogl was as impressed with the quality of Schubert's music as Schubert was with Vogl's singing. Schubert wrote many of his subsequent songs with Vogl in mind. One of their early successes was an 1821 performance of Der Erlkönig, prior to its publication and significant popular acclaim.
Rarely in music history has the relationship of a composer and a specific singer been so musically productive. Vogl continued to sing Schubert's music after the death of his friend in 1828, famously singing a complete performance of Winterreise accompanied by the pianist Emanuel Mikschik shortly before his own death in Vienna on the twelfth anniversary of the death of his friend.
© 2000 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on November 13, 2000. Portions were broadcast on WNIB five weeks later. This transcription was made in 2020, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
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