- Ruth T. Watanabe
(b New York, Feb 4, 1893; d Rochester, NY, May 24, 1968). American composer and teacher. He began piano studies at the age of 12 and left school at 15 to work for the firm of architects Carrère & Hastings, attending evening classes in architecture at Columbia University. Ambitious to become an artist, he obtained permission to copy paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Throughout his life he painted as a hobby, and his interest in art, particularly in Japanese prints, continued to influence his music. His strong liking for poetry was also reflected in his compositions. Rogers studied music theory with Hans van den Berg, composition with Farwell, and harmony and composition with Bloch before enrolling at the Institute of Musical Art in 1921 to study with Goetschius. For several years he was on the editorial staff of Musical America, and in 1922–3...