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Nevin, Ethelbert Woodbridge

Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, 1862–1901, American pianist and composer, b. Edgeworth, Pa., studied in Boston and in Germany. He made his debut as a pianist in Pittsburgh in 1886 but devoted most of his time to composition of songs and short, lyrical pieces. One song, The Rosary (1898), enjoyed great popularity. Other popular works are Narcissus, from the piano cycle Water Scenes (1891), and settings of Eugene Field's poems "Little Boy Blue" and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod."

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Nevin, Ethelbert Woodbridge

Nevin, Ethelbert Woodbridge (b Edgeworth, Penn., 1862; d New Haven, Conn., 1901). Amer. composer and pianist. Appeared as soloist in concs. in Pittsburgh and wrote popular songs and pf. pieces despite intermittent ill-health. The Rosary (1898) and Mighty Lak' a Rose (1901) were his most popular songs, the former achieving a sale of 6 million copies in 30 years. His pf. piece Narcissus (1891) was also a best-seller.

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