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American organist and music teacher.

Career Summary

Wedge studied organ, piano, and composition at the Institute of Musical Art in New York, and subsequently taught at New York University (1920-27), the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia (1924-26), then returned to the Institute of Musical Art as Dean, later moving to the Juilliard School of Music (1938-46). He wrote books on ear-training, sight-singing, keyboard harmony, and rhythm.

Wedge and Schenker

As early as 1925, Gerald F. Warburg reported that Wedge was "lecturing on the Urline" at the Institute of Musical Art (OJ 3/8, p. 2876). In a 1932 interview, Irvin Kolodin, who studied at the Institute while Wedge was teaching there, described him as "a pioneer in [Schenker's] work in America." Hans Weisse speaks of Wedge as: "the chief director of the Institute of Musical Art, who has been teaching according to your books for a long, long time, and is dying to meet me and learn more from me." (OJ 15/16, [82], October 15, 1931). Wedge is said to have produced a graph of the "Liebestod" from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (Berry).

There is no known correspondence between Wedge and Schenker.

Sources:

  • Baker's1971
  • Berry, David Carson, "Hans Weisse and the Dawn of American Schenkerism," Journal of Musicology xx/1 (Winter 2003), p. 151

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