John Alden Carpenter

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Born: 28 February 1876

Died: 26 April 1951, Chicago


Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, Carpenter was raised in a musical household. He was educated at Harvard, where he studied under John Knowles Paine, and was president of the Glee Club, and wrote music for the Hasty-Pudding Club. Showing great promise as a composer, he journeyed to London to study under Sir Edward Elgar, later returning to the United States to study under Bernhard Ziehn in Chicago. It was there he earned a comfortable living as vice-president of the family business, a mill supply company. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.

He composed several ballets, including one based on the Krazy Kat comics, and one, his best-known, possibly, entitled Skyscrapers (1926), inspired by his city of residence. One of his most famous works was 1914's impressionistic orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator. In 1932 he completed The Song of Faith for the George Washington bicentennial. Another ballet he was best known for was his Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (1916).

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