Henri Weil

Music of Yesterday

Henri-WeilHenri Weil was born in New York City, in 1870, of French and German parentage. He began the study of the piano at the age of seven years. At the age of sixteen he went abroad and studied the piano with Professor Isidor Seiss; harmony with Heuser, and conterpoint and compositions with Mendelson and Jensen. He is the author of several orchestra suites; has written numerous piano compositions and songs, and is now completing an opera based on an American subject.

In 1899 he was the prize winner in a contest for the best musical setting to a patriotic song. Sionce his return from abroad he has made his home in New York City.

Mr. Weil has written in all styles, but he has been particularly successful in pieces of the “nocturne” type. His “When Evening Falls” is a fine specimen. It is delicately melodious in the style of Chopin. This peice is not at all difficult to play, but it will require a tasteful interpretation and very exact finger work. The melody must be sung with a velvety touch, all ornamental passages being played very lightly.

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