George Whitefield Chadwick

Composer: George Whitefield Chadwick
Date of Birth: November 13, 1854
Date of Death: April 4, 1931
Nationality: American
Period/Era/Style: Late Romantic-era
Contribution(s): Chadwick was an American composer. Along with Horatio Parker, Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, and Edward MacDowell, he was a representative composer of what is called the Second New England School of American composers of the late 19th century—the generation before Charles Ives. Chadwick’s works are influenced by the Realist movement in the arts, characterized by a down-to-earth depiction of people’s lives. Many consider his music to portray a distinctively American style. His works included several operas, three symphonies, five string quartets, tone poems, incidental music, songs and choral anthems. Along with a group of other composers collectively known as the Boston Six, Chadwick was one of those responsible for the first significant body of concert music by composers from the United States. The other five were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

Biography:  Early life   |   Works, career, and influences   |   Student days   |   Return to Boston   |   Involvement with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity   |   Music   |   The formative period (1879–1894)   |   The Americanism/Modernism period (1895–1909)   |    The dramatic period (1910–1918)   |   The reflective years (1919–1931)   |   Music theory

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