- John C. Schmidt
(b Boston, MA, June 24, 1813; d Cambridge, MA, March 1, 1904). American composer. He graduated from Harvard in 1831. Following the death of his wife, Boott took his young daughter Elizabeth [Lizzie] (1846–88) to Florence, Italy, where he studied harmony with Luigi Picchianti, and Lizzie was soon recognized as a talented artist, eventually marrying one of her teachers, Frank Duveneck. Boott became an honorary professor in the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and was friends with others in the Anglo-American community there, including Henry and William James, the Brownings, Isa Blagden and Constance Fenimore Woolson. The Bootts lived at the Villa Castellani in the Bellosguardo heights. His compositions include a Mass, Te Deum, and a cantata, “The Song of Zechariah,” all for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, Miserere a cappella, anthems, string quartets, and many songs, including “Ave Maria,” “Aftermath” and “Kyrie Eleison” (H.W. Longfellow), “Break, Break” (A. Tennyson), “Laus Deo” (J.G. Whittier), “Lethe,” (M.A. Barr), “Here’s a health to King Charles,” “Rose upon the Balcony” (W.M. Thackeray), “Sands of Dee” (A. Locke), “Serenade” (F. Locker-Lampson), “Through the long days” (J. Hay), “We Two” (J. Ingelow), “When Sylvia sings” (S.P. Duffield) and “Maria Mater” (from ...