Westin, Philip (1945)
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In Memoriam Ingolf Dahl
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In Memoriam ~ Ingolf Dahl was composed by Philip Westin in 1972. The work is dedicated to Westin’s teacher, friend, and mentor, Ingolf Dahl, who died in Switzerland in August 1970. The piece is intended to be both a Requiem for a beloved friend, and a statement of regret – and at times even bitterness – over his death.

In 1968, while he was a senior majoring in composition in the Music School of the University of Southern California, Westin composed a work, Venite, for soloists, mixed chorus, and large symphony orchestra. Wanting to hear his new work performed, he approached the much revered USC professor Ingolf Dahl and asked if he would be willing to conduct the work. Dahl took Westin’s score and told him to check back with him in a few days.

When Westin contacted Dahl a few days later, Dahl said he would agree to conduct the piece under the condition that Westin study with him. The performance of Venite took place with Dahl conducting at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus on May 15, 1968 with three soloists, the USC Concert Choir, and USC Symphony Orchestra.

Dahl and Westin became very close during the next 2 ½ years, with Dahl teaching Westin advanced composition and coaching him in the art of conducting. Dahl often asked Westin to conduct performances in his advanced graduate course, Collegium Musicum at the University, which gave Westin a chance to work closely with his mentor in the performance of early music while polishing his rehearsal and performance skills.

In late spring 1970, Westin conducted the world premiere of a work by USC graduate student Marianne Uszler for chorus and chamber orchestra at USC’s Founders Hall. Dahl attended the premiere and congratulated Westin on the performance after the concert. He left that evening for Los Angeles International Airport to fly with his wife to Switzerland for a much needed rest. While at the airport, Dahl wrote Westin a post card, once again congratulating him on the performance of an extremely complex and difficult work that evening.

In August that year, word was received that Ingolf Dahl had passed away in Switzerland shortly after his wife had died. Westin was devastated, frustrated, and even angry by the news of his mentor’s passing. In 1972, Westin composed In Memoriam ~ Ingolf Dahl. The same year, he formed the California Wind Symphony and recorded In Memoriam with that group. Westin chose to write the piece for wind ensemble since it was one of Dahls’ favorite performing groups.

Biographical Notes: Ingolf Dahl

Ingolf Dahl (June 9, 1912 – August 6, 1970) was a German-born American composer, pianist, conductor, and educator. His birth name was Walter Ingolf Marcus. After Switzerland became hostile to Jewish refugees Dahl immigrated to the United States in 1939. There he used the name Ingolf Dahl, based on his original middle name and his mother's maiden name. He consistently lied about his background, claiming to be of Swedish birth and denying his Jewish heritage.

While in Los Angeles, Dahl performed many of Stravinsky's works and the composer was impressed enough to contract Dahl to create a two-piano version of his Danses Concertantes and program notes for other works. In 1947, with Joseph Szigeti he produced a reconstruction of Bach's Violin Concerto in D Minor.
Among Dahl’s compositions, the most frequently performed is the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra commissioned and premiered by Sigurd Rascher in 1949. He later completed commissions for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Koussevitsky and Fromm Foundations.

Dahl legally changed his name to Ingolf Dahl in February 1943 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in September of that year. In 1945 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he taught for the rest of his life. 

In 1952 Dahl was appointed the first head of the Tanglewood Study Group, a program that targeted not professionals but "the intelligent amateur and music enthusiast, also the general music student and music educator." In 1957 Dahl co-directed the Ojai Music Festival in partnership with Aaron Copland and served as its Music Director from 1964 to 1966.

Ingolf Dahl died in Frutigen, Switzerland on August 6, 1970, just a few weeks after the death of his beloved wife on June 10.


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