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Ethelbert Nevin


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.

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Full Name Ethelbert Nevin
Died February 17, 1901, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Profession Pianist
Education University of Pittsburgh
Nationality American
Parents Robert P. Nevin

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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
Undercover 1984 writer: "Narcissus"
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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