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history of music. His best known works are those which are Indian in character and theme. This includes his enormously popular Indian songs, including the widely-sung In the Land of the Sky- Blue Water, and several operas such as Shanewis (produced at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1918, and acclaimed at the time as the first really indigenous American opera), Land of the Misty Water, and such instrumental works as the Thunderbird Suite and To a Vanishing Race."His chief charm" according to Robert P. Casey, who keeps a critical eye on Cadman's Indian music, "is his frank individuality and Americanism. He is as truly American in essence as Moussorgsky is Russian. . . . He has clothed the poetry of France . . . with American idealism, and for once nothing has been lost in the process. He has conserved all the influence of his foreign studies and makes of it the material for expressing native ideas." Cadman's Indian music, as a matter of fact, so intrigued the late Henry T. Finck, that at one time that well-known critic wrote: " Cadman is the most promising composer who has come forward since the death of Edward MacDowell." Cadman has also distinguished himself as a music critic, serving for a while as regular critic on the Pittsburgh Dispatch, and contributing articles to leading music journals in America and England. He has also created a reputation as pedagogue. Since 1924, he has served at different times as director at the Wolcott Conservatory of Music ( Denver), and at the University of Southern California. Charles Wakefield Cadman, who lives today in seclusion in his villa in La Mesa, California, is a man of warm impulses, very affable and highly social. He likes to meet people and know people; even lion-hunters are received with courtesy at the Cadman home. He is a man endowed with an enormous nervous energy; as a result he is constantly in a hurry--even when he has no place to go. Reading, the theatre, and motoring are his favorite diversions. In music his preferences are orthodox, ranging from Mozart and Bach and traversing the gamut of musical history until Stravinsky. He does not place very much stock in the ultra-modern composers.Altho Cadman's importance in modern American music has been considerably on the wane, he still composes occasionally effective music. His last large work, Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras, was performed with success by such leading orchestras as the Detroit Symphony, the Pennsylvania Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. At the present time, he is engaged upon another major symphonic work, yet untitled.Principal works by Charles Wakefield Cadman:
ORCHESTRA : Dark Dancers of the Mardi- Gras; Trail Sketches.
OPERA : Shanewis; Land of the Misty Water; Witch of Salem.
CHAMBER MUSIC : Legend of the Canyon; To a Vanishing Race; Sonata in G (for violin and piano); Trio in D-Major.
More than three hundred songs; piano pieces, etc.

About Charles Wakefield Cadman:

Howard J. T. Our American Music; Hughes Rupert. American Composers.

Chesterian n.s. 33:223May 1924; Musician 20:687November 1915.


John Alden Carpenter 1876-

". . . The most American of our composers."--WALTER DAMROSCH

JOHN ALDEN CARPENTER--a lineal descendent of the John Aldens of Plymouth fame--was born at Park Ridge, Illinois, on February 28, 1876. His mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Curtis Greene Carpenter, was an accomplished church singer who had studied abroad. John's first musical instruction was pursued in Chicago under Amy Fay, a sister-in-law of Theodore Thomas, and W. C. E. Seeboeck, composer-pianist, and continued under Professor Paine at Harvard University, from which Carpenter was graduated in 1897.

Having been appropriately educated, John Alden Carpenter was taken on as a member of the prosperous business firm of George B. Carpenter & Co. in Chicago. But music continued to be an irresistible magnet; and not even the routine of business could stifle the burn-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Books of the Same Author ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Key to Pronunciations xiv
  • Joseph Achron 1886- 1
  • George Antheil 1900- 3
  • Kurt Atterberg 1887- 4
  • Louis Aubert 1877- 6
  • Georges Auric 1899- 7
  • Granville Bantock 1868- 8
  • Béla Bartók 1881- 10
  • Arnold Bax 1883- 15
  • Robert Russell Bennett 1894- 16
  • Lord Berners 1883. 20
  • Julius Bittner 1874- 22
  • Arthur Bliss 1891- 23
  • Marc Blitzstein 1905- 24
  • Ernest Bloch 1880- 25
  • Rutland Boughton 1878- 26
  • Walter Braunfels 1882- 29
  • Frank Bridge 1879- 31
  • Alfred Bruneau 1857-1934 32
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman 1881- 35
  • Alfredo Casella 1883- 36
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco 1895- 38
  • Juan José Castro 1895- 40
  • Gustave Charpentier 1860. 41
  • Frederick Shepherd Converse 1871- 46
  • Henry Cowell 1897- 49
  • Sir Frederic H. Cowen 1852- 51
  • Sir Walford Davies 1869- 53
  • Claude Debussy 1862-1918 55
  • Frederick Delius 1863-1934 56
  • Ernst Von Dohnányi 1877. 60
  • Arcady Dubensky 1890- 62
  • Paul Dukas 1865- 64
  • Paul Dupin 1865- 67
  • Georges Enesco 1881- 68
  • Manuel De Falla .1876- 70
  • Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924 72
  • Henri Gagnebin 1886- 79
  • Philippe Gaubert 1879- 80
  • George Gershwin 1898- 80
  • Umberto Giordano 1867- 82
  • Alexander Glazunov 1865- 84
  • Reinhold Glière 1874- 86
  • Michael Gniessin 1883- 90
  • Paul Graener 1872- 91
  • Percy Grainger 1882- 93
  • Alexander Gretchaninoff 1864- 94
  • Louis Gruenberg 1883- 96
  • Alois Hába 1893- 98
  • Henry Hadley 1871- 99
  • Reynaldo Hahn 1874- 101
  • Howard Hanson 1896- 103
  • Sandor Harmati 1892- 104
  • Roy Harris 1898- 106
  • Edward Burlingame Hill 1872- 110
  • Paul Hindemith 1895- 112
  • Gustav Holst 1874-1934 115
  • Arthur Honegger 1892- 117
  • Herbert Howells 1892- 119
  • Jacques Ibert 1890- 120
  • Vincent D'Indy 1851-1931 122
  • Michael Ippolitov-Ivanov 1859- 123
  • John Ireland 1879- 125
  • Frederick Jacobi 1891- 128
  • Leoš Janáček 1854-1928 130
  • Werner Janssen 1900- 131
  • Joseph Jongen 1873. 133
  • Werner Josten 1888- 134
  • Paul Juon 1872- 135
  • Heinrich Kaminski 1886- 136
  • Wilhelm Kienzl 1857- 139
  • Lyof Knipper 1898- 140
  • Zoltan Kodály 1882- 141
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1897- 142
  • A. Walter Kramer 1890- 147
  • Alexander Kreyn 1883- 148
  • Ladislas Lajtha 1892- 151
  • Constant Lambert 1905- 151
  • Charles Martin Loeffler 1861- 152
  • Nikolai Lopatnikoff 1903- 153
  • Igor Markevitch 1912- 157
  • Frank Martin 1890- 159
  • Bohuslav Martinu 1890- 161
  • Joseph Marx 1882- 162
  • Pietro Mascagni 1863- 164
  • Daniel Gregory Mason 1873- 165
  • Nikolai Medtner 1880- 167
  • Nikolai Miaskovsky 1881- 168
  • Georges Migot 1891- 170
  • Darius Milhaud 1892- 171
  • Italo Montemezzi 1875- 175
  • Harold Morris 1890- 176
  • Alexander Mossolov 1900- 177
  • Leo Ornstein 1895- 179
  • Ignace Jan Paderewski 1860- 181
  • Hans Pfitzner 1869- 185
  • Willem Pijper 1894- 189
  • Paul Pisk 1893- 191
  • Walter Piston 1894- 192
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti 1880- 193
  • Francis Poulenc 1899- 194
  • John Powell 1882- 196
  • Serge Prokofieff 1891- 198
  • Henri Rabaud 1873- 199
  • Serge Rachmaninoff 1873- 201
  • Maurice Ravel 1875- 205
  • Rhené-Baton 1879- 210
  • Wallingford Riegger 1885. 212
  • Vittorio Rieti 1898- 213
  • Roger-Ducasse 1875- 215
  • Dane Rudhyar 1895- 218
  • Carl Ruggles 1876- 220
  • Victor De Sabata 1892- 221
  • Lazare Saminsky 1882- 224
  • Ernest Schelling 1876- 226
  • Joseph Schillinger 1895- 228
  • Max Von Schillings 1868-1933 230
  • Florent Schmitt 1870. 232
  • Arnold Schönberg 1874- 234
  • Cyril Scott 1879- 238
  • Alexander Scriabin 1871-1915 240
  • Bernhard Sekles 1872- 242
  • Roger Sessions 1896- 245
  • Dmitri Shostakowitch 1906- 246
  • Christian Sinding 249
  • Leone Sinigaglia 1868- 252
  • David Stanley Smith 1877­ 253
  • Leo Sowerby 1895- 255
  • William Grant Still 1895- 256
  • Albert Stoessel 1894- 258
  • Richard Strauss 1864- 259
  • Igor Stravinsky 1882- 260
  • Edwin J. Stringham 1890- 268
  • Alexander Tansman 1897- 270
  • Deems Taylor 1885- 271
  • Alexander Tcherepnine 1899- 273
  • Nikolai Tcherepnine 1873- 275
  • Virgil Thomson 1896- 276
  • Ernest Toch 1887- 278
  • Vincenzo Tommasini 1880- 279
  • Joaquin Turina 1882. 281
  • Edgar Varèse 1885- 283
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams 1872- 284
  • Hector Villa-Lobos 1886- 286
  • H. Waldo-Warner 1874- 288
  • William Walton 1902- 290
  • Anton Webern 1883- 291
  • Kurt Weill 1900- 292
  • Jaromir Weinberger 1896- 295
  • Leo Weiner 1885- 296
  • Adolph Weiss 1891- 298
  • Egon Wellesz 1885- 300
  • Alexander Weprik .1899- 301
  • Riccardo Zandonai 1883- 305
  • Bibliography of Modern Music 309
  • Index 313
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