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Mark Wessel

Born: Mar 26, 1894

Death: May 9, 1973

Birthplace: Coldwater

Nationality: United States

Mark Wessel

Date of Birth : Mar 26, 1894
Date of Death : May 9, 1973
Birth Place : Coldwater

Mark Wessel was an American pianist and composer. Wessel was born in Coldwater, Michigan, and graduated from Northwestern School of Music, now known as Bienen School of Music; he later taught piano and theory there. When Wessel left Northwestern, he became a professor of piano and composition at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Wessel was a former pupil of Arnold Schoenberg. He was twice awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, in 1930 and 1932. He was also the recipient in 1930 of a Pulitzer Scholarship to further his education in Europe. In the 1938 contest of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society his choral-orchestral work The King of Babylon won honorable mention, while his former student David Van Vactor won the competition with his Symphony in D. He died on May 9, 1973 in Orchard Lake, Oakland County, Michigan.

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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