Harry Glantz (1896 - 1982)
Harry (Hersch was his first name at birth)
Glantz was born on first of January, 1896, in a small town
(probably Proskurov) in Ukraine.
He died of a
chronic heart ailment Saturday, December 18, 1982 in Bay Harbor,
In 1901, at age
5, Harry Glantz his mother and older sister moved to USA. His father,
Pinchus Glantz, had moved 9 months earlier to avoid serving in the
Czar's army again.
Glantz grew up in a musical family. His father was a violinist and
string bassist. His uncle, Nathan Glantz was a well known saxophonist.
His first teachers were elder family members. He started on violin and
then cello, both of which he disliked.
His first teacher (listed in Louis Davidson's survey) was Jack Borodkin
at age 11. When he was 12, Max Schlossberg (1873 - 1936) was his
teacher. But he also had Max Bleyer as a teacher at this age (1907-1909
at Julliard School of Music). Christian Rodenkirchen (1st trumpet with
Chicago Symphony Orchestra) was a teacher that Glantz spoke highly of.
Precisely when Glantz studied with him is unknown.
Harry Glantz, was also a student of Gustav Heim. On one
incident (see ITG Journal, February 1996, page 14) Heim was rude to him
(due to Glantz being a jew) and Glantz probably left his studio
after this episode.
San Francisco Symphony brass section 1923.
Frist row: Percy Code (2nd); Harry Glantz (1st), Otto Kegel (3rd), Bert
played principal trumpet with the following orchestras:
off from the symphony
Russian Symhony Orchestra in New York (under Modest Altchuler, at age
15 in 1911)
Philadelphia Orchestra (1915 - 1917),
San Francisco Symphony (1922 -1923),
New York Philharmonic-Symphony, now the Philharmonic (1928 - 1942),
NBC Symphony (under Arturo Toscanini, 1942 - 1954),
He also performed with Symphony of the Air.
would take every summer off and would pack up the trumpet. This left
the principal chair in the NBC Symphony open each summer. The 2nd chair
would move to 1st, and the 3rd would move to 2nd. Harry's top students
would take 3rd chair and 4th when required. Joe Alessi spent a few
happy summers playing 3rd chair this way and gained valuable orchestral
experience. One day, a very young player was warming up back stage to
play the 4th chair. He was only about 18 or 19 years old, but even
during his warmup, Joe and the others could tell this guy was something
special. They just stopped playing and took in his jaw-dropping warmup.
They had no idea who this guy was, but his name was Carl Severinsen.
They certainly remembered him soon after, as Doc became one of the most
famous trumpeters ever.
His first student was
Philip Fisher (assistant first with Philadelphia). Fisher later helped
with the "Harry Glantz Mouthpiece".
Other well known
players who were students of Glantz are Seymour Rosenfeld, Frank
Kaderabek, David Zauder and Robert Grocock.
Joe Alessi Sr., the father of the famous NY Philharmonic
Alessi Jr., was a student of Glantz. Joe was born in 1923 in Brooklyn
and according to the preface to his book of drills, Joe studied with
Schlossberg, Vacchiano, and after winning the Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Memorial Scholarship, studied with Glantz for two years. This was
probably in the late 40's or early 50's when Glantz was with the NBC
Joe would come
into his lessons and say politely, "Hello Mr. Glantz!" Mr. Glantz
would reply in a friendly tone, "Call me Harry!" They would get
down to business, and of course, out of respect, Joe was not going to
call him Harry. Next lesson... "Hello Mr. Glantz!"... "Call me
Harry!" This went on for some weeks. Joe finally got up the
courage to enter the lesson and said "Hello Harry!" To which
Harry shouted "Call me MISTER GLANTZ!!"
After moving to Florida in 1958, Glantz continued as a lecturer and
teacher. In 1972, he was appointed an instructor and lecturer at the
University of Miami Graduate School of Music.
Parduba Bb trumpet (1929 - 1940)
Conn - "my wonderful C Conn"
Later years a Benge Bb medium large bore.
and 6C mouthpiece.
"Harry Glantz Mouthpiece"
workede with Conn. In 1935 they made a stock Conn 4 trumpet mouthpiece
with Glantz name on it.
After Wold War
II Glantz started working with Dominick Calicchio.
The Glantz Etude book
Colin, NY 1974: (CCMS02) "48 Studies - The Complete Harry
Challenging trumpet studies, etudes, and solos of the legendary trumpet
maestro. Studies cover single, double and triple tonguing, slurs,
intervals, scales; and develop technical facility, endurance, breath
control. The solos introduce the player to the bravura style of
playing for which Glantz was so admired.
Glantz's volume of etudes, many of which are technically difficult, are
very challenging to play cleanly. Joe Alessi Sr. was struggling with
one of the hardest etudes, so Harry stood up, stepped about six feet in
front of Joe (his back toward Joe), and proceeded to play the entire
etude to absolute perfection. Joe asked Mr. Glantz if he could play it
once again, but facing him this time, since Joe wanted to see how he
played it. To which Mr. Glantz replied, "What, are you crazy?"
Glantz is heard on records with the NBC Symphony...
Francis Poulenc: Sonata For Horn, Trumpet and Trombone
Harry Glantz trumpet,
On the NBC Symphony recordings, you can hear Harry Glantz's beautiful
vibrato. Vibrato was much more common in the symphonic playing in those
days. Joe Alessi Sr. explained that Harry would use only hand vibrato.
He would start shaking the hand while inhaling, so that the vibrato was
going even with the first sound out of the horn.
a role model
William Vacchiano's role model as a young player:
"I remember when I
went to school for four years I used to play a record every morning
because I used to love the sound of this particular player. It was
Glantz playing March of the Prophets
by Meyerbeer. I used to play that record every day to get that sound in
(ITG Journal, May 1995, p. 11)
* Bill Shunk
(inspiration to make this page)
* Edward H. Tarr "Die
Trompete" 4. edition 2005
Edward H. Tarr "East meets west:the Russian trumpet tradition from the
time of Peter the Great", 1. edition 2003
Journal (May, 1995)
* ITG Journal
* Louis Davidson, Trumpet Profiles (1975 - p.36)
* Ken Saul, owner Ultra-Pure
Oils (info about his teacher, Joe Alessi Sr.)
* Lois Glantz Rosenfeld commented about her fathers first name: "Since the first name was recorded, no doubt, in Hebrew or Russian, the ”Hersch” was Yiddish, and he was never called that except as an affectionate term by some older family members and friends."