Foote, Arthur (William )
- Nicholas Tawa
(b Salem, MA, March 5, 1853; d Boston, MA, April 8, 1937). American composer, pianist, organist, and music theorist. Arthur Foote was the first noted American composer of art music to receive his musical education entirely in the United States. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the youngest of three children. His father was editor of the Salem Gazette. His mother died while he was still a child, and an older sister, Mary Wilder (Foote) Tiletson, saw to his upbringing. An older brother, Henry Wilder Foote, was a noted Unitarian minister. Arthur began piano lessons with a local teacher, fanny Paine, at the age of twelve. Two years later, he started studying theory with stephen albert Emery at the New England Conservatory. In 1870 he enrolled at Harvard, with john knowles Paine as his teacher in music composition. He intended to study law and was not yet bent toward a musical vocation. After graduation he took keyboard lessons with ...