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First Name: Don
Last Name: Christlieb
Bio: Don Christlieb was born in Southern California on October 10, 1912, and he has remained a major musical figure in that area for almost sixty years. Don studied first with the Belgian bassoonist Achilles Heyner and later with IDRS Honorary Member, Frederick Moritz, who was principal bassoonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at that time. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Glendale Symphony, but his primary position was that of principal bassoonist with the Fox and MGM movie studios for many years, where he helped make hundreds of major films during the "Golden Days of Hollywood," such as Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and many, many others. Don has also been a driving force for contemporary music. For many years he was an organizer and performer in the famous Monday Evening Concerts, which were at one time some of the most important new music concerts in the nation. He has worked closely with such composers as Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg and was the bassoonist on the landmark recording of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Zeitmass under Robert Kraft in the late 1950s. As founder and owner of Christlieb Products, Don has been a pioneer in reedmaking techniques in America, introducing such innovations to the craft as the dial indicator. Also his pioneer research into measuring the conical bore of wing joints on bassoons has influenced considerable further studies on bassoon bore measurement. Don has been a lifetime IDRS member. In 1978 he hosted an excellent Conference in Los Angeles and he has for many years both organized and conducted the traditional performance of Handel's Royal Fireworks Music at each years Conference.
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)