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Converse, Frederick Shepherd

Converse, Frederick Shepherd (b Newton, Mass., 1871; d Westwood, Mass., 1940). Amer. composer. Studied mus. at Harvard Coll. 1889–93. Began business career but turned to mus. and studied in Munich, a Sym. in D minor being played at his graduation. Taught at Harvard Coll. 1903–7. Involved in organization of Boston Opera Co. 1908–14. His 1-act opera The Pipe of Desire (Boston 1906) was first Amer. opera to be staged at NY Met (1910). Wrote several more operas; 5 syms.; orch. pieces incl. The Mystic Trumpeter (1904), and Flivver Ten Million (1926), a fantasy to celebrate the manufacture of the 10 millionth Ford car; vn. conc. (1902); choral works; chamber mus.; and pf. works.

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Converse, Frederick Shepherd

Frederick Shepherd Converse (kŏn´vûrs), 1871–1940, American composer, b. Newton, Mass., studied with J. K. Paine and G. W. Chadwick and in Germany with Rheinberger. His Pipe of Desire (Boston, 1906) was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, in 1910; it was the first American opera performed there. His orchestral works include Flivver Ten Million (1927) and American Sketches (1929). He was dean of the faculty (1930–38) of the New England Conservatory of Music.

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