Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Vol. 3: by Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Diane Kuhn

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Hammerstein's first effort for Warner, for which he wrote the screenplay and the lyrics to songs by Romberg, was Viennese Nights, released in November 1930. It was not a success. , Dec. 22, 1930), among them ''I'm One of God's Children (Who Hasn't Got Wings)" (music by Louis Alter, lyrics also by Harry Ruskin), which became a hit for Libby Holman in February 1931. When Children of Dreams, Hammerstein's second screenplay for Warner, again with songs by him and Romberg, became a box office failure upon release in July 1931, the studio bought him out of his contract.

Handel's oratorio Samson, first performed in London on Feb. 18, 1743, was also successful, but his next oratorio, Semele (Feb. 10, 1744), failed to arouse public admiration. Continuing to work, and alternating between mythological subjects and religious themes, he composed Joseph and His Brethren (March 2, 1744), Hercules Gan. 5, 1745), and Belshazzar (March 27,1745). His subsequent works, composed between 1746 and 1752, were the Occasional Oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus, Joshua, Alexander Balus, Susanna, Solomon, Theodora, The Choice of Hercules, and Jephtha.

LKIDM Hampel, Gunter, free-jazz inspired vibraphonist, clarinetist, flutist, saxophonist, pianist, composer; b. Gottingen, Germany, Aug. 31, 1937. He has promoted his music, an outgrowth of free jazz though usually quite tuneful, through his own Birth label since 1969. His father was a pianist, and Hampel heard both local folk music and American jazz at an early age. He began playing and composing on piano from an early age, and took up clarinet at age 13. He began learning other reeds, and at age 17 was focusing on vibraphone and by 1958 was leading groups.

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