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John Alden Carpenter Letters to Remsen Bird, The Newberry Library, Chicago.
Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.
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Born in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1876, Carpenter was raised in a musical household. After graduating from Harvard, he concentrated on studying musical composition while at the same time working in his family’s business, a Chicago shipping-supply company.
Carpenter’s many works can be recognized as distinctly American. These include piano pieces, songs, ballet scores and orchestral suites. Among his best-known scores are the jazz-inspired Krazy Kat and for the ballet Skyscrapers.
Carpenter died in Chicago in 1951.
Five letters to Carmel, California, resident Remsen Bird, president of Occidental College, and one to Bird’s wife Helen, mostly about Carpenter’s music. Also, a newspaper review from the Monterey Peninsula Herald, Nov. 21, 1949, of “Carmel Concerto” performed by the New York Symphony Orchestra.
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