Arnold Volpe

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Arnold Volpe in 1919
Studio photograph of Arnold Volpe

Arnold Volpe (July 9, 1869 – February 2, 1940) was a Lithuanian-born American composer and conductor.[1] He composed mainly chamber music, including a string quartet, as well as a mazurka for violin and orchestra. He founded both the Lewisohn Stadium Concerts in New York City and the symphony orchestra at the University of Miami, and he conducted five productions for the Washington National Opera, a semi-professional company founded in 1919 and not associated with its current namesake, beginning late in its first season.[2] He was related to the composer Stefan Wolpe.


He was born on July 9, 1869. He migrated from Lithuania to the United States in 1898.[1] He married Marie Michelson.[3] He died on February 2, 1940 in Miami, Florida.[1] His widow died in 1970.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Dr. Volpe, Founded Stadium Concerts. Noted Conductor Who Led The First Programs Here In 1918 Dies In Florida At 70. Brought Music To Public Established Miami Symphony And Directed In Kansas City And Washington". New York Times. Associated Press. February 3, 1940. 
  2. ^ McPherson, Jim, "Mr. Meek Goes to Washington: The Story of the Small-Potatoes Canadian Baritone Who Founded America’s 'National' Opera," The Opera Quarterly, volume 20, no. 2, Spring 2004
  3. ^ a b "Mrs. Marie Volpe, Music Patron, 90". New York Times. December 25, 1970. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Howard, John Tasker (1939). Our American Music: Three Hundred Years of It. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. 
  • Volpe, Marie (1950). Arnold Volpe, Bridge between Two Musical Worlds. Coral Gables, Fla.: University of Miami Press. 

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