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date: 12 August 2020

Sherwood, William H(all)locked

  • Robert W. Groves
  • , revised by R. Allen Lott


(b Lyons, NY, Jan 31, 1854; d Chicago, Jan 7, 1911). American pianist, teacher, and composer. He studied with his father, Lyman H. Sherwood (founder of the Lyons Musical Academy in 1854), and after additional lessons with Edward Heimberger in Rochester and Jan Pychowski in Geneseo, NY, he entered William Mason’s Normal Institute at Binghamton in 1871. Upon Mason’s recommendation, he went to Europe and studied piano with Theodor Kullak, Ludwig Deppe, and Liszt, organ with Scotson Clark, and theory and composition with Karl Doppler, Ernst Richter, and Carl Friedrich Weitzmann. While in Germany he served as an organist in English churches in Berlin and Stuttgart and gave a number of highly acclaimed piano solo and concerto performances, including the Beethoven Fifth Concerto in Berlin and the Grieg Concerto in Hamburg. He returned to the USA in 1876 and began a demanding schedule of recitals and annual concert tours, many in the first decade with his first wife, Mary Fay, a Boston pianist and fellow student of Kullak whom he had married in Germany in ...

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