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date: 19 November 2019

Ballantine, Edwardlocked

  • H. Wiley Hitchcock
  • , revised by Michael Meckna

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(b Oberlin, OH, Aug 6, 1886; d Oak Bluffs, MA, July 2, 1971). American composer. He studied at Harvard University (BA 1907) with Walter Spalding and Frederick Converse, then went to Berlin, where he was a student of Artur Schnabel, Rudolf Ganz and Philippe Rüfer (1907–9). In 1912 he was appointed to the music faculty of Harvard, and remained there until his retirement in 1947. His music, cast in a post-Romantic, tonal and accessible style, is often marked by humour, occasionally by a satirical eclecticism. These traits are most apparent in his best-known pieces, two sets of piano variations on Mary had a little lamb (1924, 1943), in which each variation is in the style of a different composer, and in the Four Lyrical Satires for voice and piano.

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