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Julius Herford

Julius Herford

1901-1981
Tenure at the School of Music: 1964-1980

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Biography

Julius Herford was born as Julius Goldstein in Anklam, Germany, in 1901. Before immigrating to the United States, Herford studied piano with James Kwast and composition with Klatte and Arthur Willner at the Stern Conservatory (Berlin, 1917-1923). After touring as a pianist, Herford returned to Berlin where he remained until 1939. Following an invitation to join the faculty at Teachers College of Columbia University (1939-1941), Goldstein took the name Herford and moved to New York. Herford left Teachers College to teach at a variety of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, the Berkshire Music Center, the Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, and Westminster Choir College. Herford moved to Bloomington, Indiana, in 1964 to fill a teaching position at the Indiana University School of Music, being promoted to professor the following year. A short time later Herford was appointed director of Graduate Studies for the Choral Conducting Department. Herford retired with the title of professor emeritus in 1971. The following year he was awarded the Herman Frederic Lieber Award for distinguished teaching.

Herford remains one of the most influential choral conductors in American choral history. Among his choral conducting students are Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Roger Wagner, and Elaine Brown. Herford led the revolution in choral conducting from that of performance only to teaching and performance. Throughout his career Herford taught courses on the history and analysis of a vast array of choral works. Many of his lecture notes and personal scores are now contained in the Julius Herford Collection at the Cook Music Library of Indiana University.

Sources:
Pierce, Edward Eugene. "Julius Herford: His Life, Teaching, and Influence on the Choral Art in the United States." D.A. document, University of Northern Colorado, 1988.

Slonimsky, Nicolas, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians vol. 3. New York: Schirmer Books, 2001.


Edited Scores

Herford, Julius, ed. Humor in Vocal Music: Six Canons and a Quodlibet in 7 Parts. Music Education Series, v. 1. New York: Hargail Music Press, 1946.

_____. Preparing for the Music of Bach and Mozart. Music Education Series, v. 2. New York: Hargail Music Press, 1945.


Writings
In Reverse Chronological Order

_____. "The Conductor's Search." Edited by Jan Harrington. The Choral Journal 32, no. 5 (December 1991): 23-25.

_____. "J.S. Bach's Fugue II in C Minor (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book IL An Analysis" Bach, 4(3), (July 1973), 36-40.

_____. "The Choral Conductor's Preparation of the Musical Score," in Choral Conducting: A Symposium, edited by Harold A. Decker. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1973 [1988].

_____. "Notizbuch für Studenten: J.S. Bach's Fugue in C-minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I." Bach. Quarterly Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute 4, no. 3 (July 1973): 36-40.

_____. "The C-major and C-minor Preludes of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I." Bach. Quarterly Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute 4, no. 2 (April 1973): 17-21.

_____. "Bach's Models of 'Good Inventions': How to Develop the Same Well." Bach. Quarterly Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute 4, no. 1 (January 1973): 16-20.

_____. "Bach's Models of 'Good Inventions.'" Bach. Quarterly Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute 2, no. 4, (October 1971): 10-14; 3, no. 1 (January 1972): 22-25; 3, no. 2 (April 1972): 28-30.

_____. "Guest Editorial." The Choral Journal, 12, no. 5 (January 1972): 2.

_____. "J.S. Bach Magnificat." Choral Journal, 3(5), (May 1963), 6-7.

_____. "About Terminology and Procedure: A Definition of Form and Style."

American Music Teacher 11, no. 4 (March-April 1962): 11, 32-33.

_____. "Performance is Essential to Growth." Music Journal, 19, no. 8 (November-December 1961): 35.

_____. "Bach: An Introduction." The Journal of the Choral Conductors' Guild, 10(1), (September 1958), 4.

_____. A Synopsis of Courses in Analysis. San Diego: San Diego State College, 1956.

_____. Musikalische spontanäussrungen des Kindes; ein Gesetz der Elementar-Musiklehre. Den Haag: Rijs, 1939.


Selective Bibliography

Baker's, Baker's20Cl 

Decker, Harold A. "Happy Birthday Julius Herford." Choral Journal 32, no. 5 (February 1981): 23-25.

Pierce, Edward Eugene. "Julius Herford: His Life, Teaching, and Influence on the Choral Art in the United States." D.A. thesis, University of Northern Colorado, 1988.

William and Gayle Cook Music Library. Julius Herford Collection. (http://library.music.indiana.edu/collections/herford/herford.html).

A finding aid to the Julius Herford collection housed at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, including biographical information, collection background, and notes to the users of the collection.


Created: Nov. 1999 / Peter H. Lisius ; Udated 9 Aug. 2007 / Lisa H.
Comments: musiclib@indiana.edu
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