George Balch Nevin

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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.[1]

Nevin was born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania,[2] 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.[1]

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.[3]

Nevin died in 1933.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Howard, John Tasker (1939). Our American Music: Three Hundred Years of It. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. 
  2. ^ "George Balch NEVIN". http://www.geocities.com/heartland/garden/2471/. Rick Peterson. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. 
  3. ^ "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. 

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