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De Koven, (Henry Louis) Reginald

De Koven, (Henry Louis) Reginald (b Middletown, Conn., 1859; d Chicago, 1920). Amer. composer and conductor. Family moved to Eng. in 1872. Returned to USA where he became successful composer of light operas, mus. critic, and founder and cond. of Washington PO (1902–5). Wrote 2 operas, The Canterbury Pilgrims (NY Met 1917) and Rip Van Winkle (Chicago and NY 1920). Operettas incl. Don Quixote (1889) and Robin Hood (1890). Comp. over 400 songs, pf. sonata, and ballets.

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