George Balch Nevin
George Balch Nevin (March 15, 1859-April 17, 1933) was an American composer and businessman. A member of the Nevin musical family, his cousins were the composers Ethelbert and Arthur Nevin; his son, Gordon Balch Nevin, also became a composer.
Nevin was born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and spent most of his life in the town of Easton. His output consisted mainly of cantatas, and included such works as The Crown of Life and The Incarnation; he was also known for his setting of Sidney Lanier's poem "A Ballad of Trees and the Master", and wrote a number of hymns as well. For nearly thirty years, he ran a wholesale paper business in addition to composing.
Nevin was also a historian and lecturer, and would sometimes give lectures on subjects related to music history to local historical societies. Some of these have survived in manuscript form.
Nevin died in 1933.
Notes and references
- Howard, John Tasker (1939). Our American Music: Three Hundred Years of It. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company.
- "George Balch NEVIN". http://www.geocities.com/heartland/garden/2471/. Rick Peterson. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 2009-10-26.
- "The Story of the Martin Guitar Works - Signed 1920 Typescript". The Story of the Martin Guitar Works - Signed 1920 Typescript. Biblio.com. 2008-08-05.
- Free scores by George Balch Nevin at the International Music Score Library Project
- Free George Balch Nevin sheet music from the Ball State University Digital Media Repository
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