A composer of mainly vocal music and piano works inside a lyrical, sometimes introspective, sentimental, or amorous design, Nevin began monitoring piano and the fundamentals of music with regional music artists, and became accomplished enough to create his initial composition at age 12. In 1878, he went to Western College or university (now College or university of Pittsburgh) for just one season, and then researched piano with B.J. Lang and structure with Stephen A. Emery in Boston between 1882 – 1883. Between 1884 – 1886 he visited Berlin to review piano with Karl Klindworth and theory with Otto Tiersch. Upon his come back, he produced his professional debut within a piano recital in Dec 1886 that was an unqualified achievement. During this time period he constructed his Sketchbook, Op. 2 (1888, containing seven tracks, one chorus and five piano functions), the tune Twas Apr!, Op. 5, No. 3 (1889), to some text message by Adam Freeman Clark (“…We took your small white submit mine/’Twas Apr, ’twas Weekend; ’twas warm sunlight…Perhaps you have forgot?”), his Three Duets for Piano, Op. 6 (1890), and in 1891 his Drinking water Moments, Op. 13 (Dragon Soar, Ophelia, Drinking water Nymph, Narcissus, Barcarolle) for piano, as well as the tune Narcissus using a text message by P.C. Warren (“…dropped in dreams/breathing from the rose/breath from the lilac…”). In 1892 he requested structure lessons from Richard Strauss, but was rejected. He continuing to lecture, instruct, and concertize in Boston (1893 – 1895), Paris, Berlin, Florence, and Venice, and, in 1897, he finally came back to the Areas because of sick health. During this time period, Nevin constructed A Reserve of Tracks, Op. 20 (1893, including ten tracks with text messages by various writers), the Nocturne, Op. 20, No. 7, (1893) using a text message (“As much as Her Chamber Home window”) by Thomas Bailey Aldrich collection by 14 additional composers of that time period including Chadwick and Foote (“…to her scarlet lips she keeps him…Ah me! ’twas he that received her/because he dared to climb”). Nevin also created Maggio in Toscana, Op. 21 for piano (1896, made up of “Arlecchino,” “Notturno,” “Barchetta,” “Misericordia,” “Il rusignuolo,” “La pastorella”). He provided the music for any pantomime entitled Floriane’s Desire (1898) for any company which the then-unknown Isadora Duncan was an associate. For quite some time afterward, Duncan included Nevin’s Drinking water Moments in her fundamental dance repertoire. In Boston, in 1898, Nevin penned that which was to be his most widely used track, The Rosary having a text message by R.C. Rogers, which 287,000 copies had been bought by 1913. Nevertheless, the track isn’t most representative of the composer’s design, being a relatively exaggeratedly sentimental ballad. Exactly the same 12 months Nevin made up the routine Un Giorno in Venezia (EACH DAY in Venice) for piano, using the tone poem-like motions “Alba,” “Gondolieri,” “Canzone amoroso,” and “Buona notte.” In Cincinnati in 1899, he made up the track cycle Captive Remembrances and in 1901 another well-known track Mighty Lak’ A Rose. His last function, a cantata known as The Quest, experienced its orchestration finished by Horatio Parker.
|1||Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.|
|2||Pictured on the 10¢ US postage stamp in the Famous Americans/Composers series, issued 10 June 1940.|
|3||Composer of light classical music.|
|Song of the Roses||1929||Short music: "Mighty Lak' a Rose"|
|Gus Arnheim and His Ambassadors||1928||Short music: "Mighty Lak' a Rose" - uncredited|
|The Band Beautiful||1928||Short writer: "Mighty Lak' a Rose" - uncredited|
|Phil Ohman & Victor Arden (Piano Duetists)||1927||Short music: "Mighty Lak' a Rose"|
|His Pastimes||1926||Short music: "Mighty Lak' a Rose" - uncredited|
|Jekyll & Canada||2009||Video writer: "Ophelia"|
|The Brothers Warner||2007||TV Movie documentary music: "Oh! That We Two Were Maying" - uncredited|
|Doctor Who||1989||TV Series writer - 1 episode|
|Smile||1975||music: "Mighty Lak' a Rose" 1901|
|Mary Tyler Moore||1974||TV Series music - 1 episode|
|The Lawrence Welk Show||1971||TV Series music - 1 episode|
|Petticoat Junction||1967||TV Series music - 1 episode|
|Two and Two Make Six||1962||music: "Water Scenes Op.13, No.4: Narcissus" - uncredited|
|The Liberace Show||1952||TV Series writer - 1 episode|
|Meet Me in St. Louis||1944||writer: "Narcissus" 1891 - uncredited|
|The Amazing Mrs. Holliday||1943||music: "Mighty Lak' a Rose" - uncredited|
|Night Must Fall||1937||writer: "Mighty Lak' a Rose" 1901 - uncredited|
|Our Gang Follies of 1936||1935||Short music: "Narcissus"|
|Monkey Melodies||1930||Short writer: "Narcissus"|
|Song o' My Heart||1930||music: "Little Boy Blue" - uncredited|
|Elstree Calling||1930||music: "Narcissus"|
|Carlena Diamond: Harpist Supreme||1929||Short music: "Mighty Lak' a Rose" - uncredited|
|Why Be Good?||1929||music: "Narcissus" - uncredited|
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