Maeder, James G(aspard)
- William Brooks
(b Dublin, Ireland, c1809; d May 28, 1876). American pianist, composer, and teacher. By 1830 he was in London as singing coach to Joseph Wood. He toured the United States with Joseph and Mary Anne Wood in 1833–4 and then settled in Boston where, on 6 December 1834, he married Clara Fisher, a celebrated actress. The Maeders travelled extensively, but lived principally in New Orleans (1835–6), Providence (1838–9), Boston (1841–6), Albany (1849–51), and New York (1852–64). In these cities Maeder accompanied and coached singers, led theater orchestras, and composed and arranged music. After 1860 Maeder and his wife performed infrequently, devoting themselves primarily to teaching. His “grand fairy opera,” The Peri, first performed in Boston on 10 February 1844, was based on an episode from Washington Irving’s Life of Columbus; its scope and locale distinguish it from the ordinary extravaganzas of the period. And John Brougham’s ...