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Carlos Salzedo

Carlos Salzedo (6 April 1885 – 17 August 1961) was a French harpist, pianist, composer and conductor. His compositions made the harp into a virtuoso instrument. He influenced many composers with his new ideas for the harp's sounds through his work with the International Composers' Guild. His many harp students performed in prominent orchestras.

Salzedo started studying at the Paris Conservatory at age nine and won the premier prix in harp and piano when he was just 16. He started his solo recital career at age 18, and moved to the United States of America six years later, playing harp with the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He toured extensively with the Trio de Lutèce, where he played harp with Georges Barrère on flute and Paul Kéfer on cello. After being drafted into the French Army during World War I, Salzedo returned to the United States and continued touring with the trio. He developed a method of using gestures in his harp method, inspired by dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. He organized the Salzedo harp ensemble with his harp students, and also a harp trio. He performed as a soloist with many orchestras and organizations.

He co-founded the International Composers Guild with Edgard Varèse in 1921, and was an active participant in many other societies to promote harps and new music. In addition to forming a summer harp colony in Camden, Maine, he founded the harp department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1924 and taught at Juilliard School until 1937. He developed new techniques and notations for these techniques, which he used extensively in his compositions after 1919.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 6th, 1885 (Arcachon), Died August 17th, 1961 (Waterville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: harp, composer, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 30 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-92233 12-in. 6/11/1935 Short stories in music Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-92234 12-in. 6/11/1935 Short stories in music Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-92235 12-in. 6/11/1935 Short stories in music Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-92236 12-in. 6/11/1935 Short stories in music Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-98602 12-in. 12/31/1935 Rocking horse Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-98603 12-in. 12/31/1935 The kitten and the limping dog Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-98604 12-in. 12/31/1935 Memories of a clock Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-98605 12-in. 12/31/1935 Goldfish Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor CS-98606 12-in. 12/31/1935 On stilts Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor BS-010042 10-in. 5/24/1937 La Timide Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010043 10-in. 5/24/1937 La pantomime Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010044 10-in. 5/24/1937 La cupis Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010045 10-in. 5/24/1937 Tambourins Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010046 10-in. 5/24/1937 Children's corner Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp arranger, instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010047 10-in. 5/24/1937 Children's corner Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp arranger, instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010048 10-in. 5/25/1937 Children's corner Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp arranger, instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010049 10-in. 5/25/1937 Children's corner Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp arranger, instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010050 10-in. 5/25/1937 Children's corner Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp arranger, instrumentalist, harp  
Victor BS-010051 10-in. 5/25/1937 Children's corner Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp arranger, instrumentalist, harp  
Victor CS-010236 12-in. 5/21/1937 Irridescence Carlos Salzedo Instrumental trio instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Victor BS-037659 10-in. 6/19/1939 Iridescence Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp, composer  
Columbia 19849 10-in. 4/9/1912 Priere Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp  
Columbia 46126 10-in. 10/18/1915 Gigue Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp  
Columbia 46127 10-in. 10/18/1915 Chacone Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp  
Columbia 77158 10-in. 6/15/1917 The star spangled banner Carlos Salzedo Harp solo instrumentalist, harp  
(Results 1-25 of 30 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Salzedo, Carlos," accessed September 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106233.

Salzedo, Carlos. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106233.

"Salzedo, Carlos." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 September 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106233

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