June 2018

  1. Obscure Music Monday: Paine's Romance

    John Knowles Paine (Jan. 9, 1839 - April 25, 1906) was an organist and composer born in Maine, to a musical family. HIs grandfather built pipe organs, and his father and uncles were all music teachers. In the 1850s, Paine took organ and compositions with Hermann Kotzschmar, and completed his first composition (a string quartet) in 1855. He was appointed organist of Portland's Haydn Society, and gave recitals to help fund a trip to Europe. Continue reading →
  2. Obscure Music Monday: Chadwick's Tam O'Shanter

    George Whitefield Chadwick (Nov. 13, 1854 - April 4, 1931) was an American composer, teacher, conductor, and organist. Along with composers Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine and Horatio Parker, he was a part of the Second New England School, more commonly known as the Boston Six. Continue reading →
  3. Obscure Music Monday: Parker's Suite for Piano Trio in A

    Horatio William Parker (Sept. 15, 1863 - December 18, 1919 )was an American composer, teacher, and organist, who came to be a part of the Second New England School, also commonly known as the Boston Six, along with Amy Beach, George Whitefield Chadwick, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, and John Knowles Paine. Continue reading →
  4. Obscure Music Monday: Beach's Romance for Violin and Piano

    Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (Sept. 5, 1867 - December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist.  Extremely gifted from a young age, Beach's talents seemed to run in the family, with various members playing instruments or singing, and showing great aptitude for music. Continue reading →

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