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Carpenter, John Alden

John Alden Carpenter, 1876–1951, American composer, b. Park Ridge, Ill.; pupil of J. K. Paine at Harvard and of Elgar. His music, refined and skillfully written, influenced by French impressionism, often conveys the spirit and the scenes of American life in such works as the orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator (1914) and the ballets Krazy Kat (Chicago, 1921) and Skyscrapers (New York, 1926). A Spanish flavor and jazz, frequently elements in his music, are both found in Patterns (1932) for orchestra. Other important works are his ballet The Birthday of the Infanta (Chicago, 1919), a violin concerto (1937), a concertino for piano and orchestra (1915), songs, symphonies, and chamber music.

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Carpenter, John Alden

Carpenter, John Alden (b Park Ridge, Ill., 1876; d Chicago, 1951). Amer. composer who, like Ives, combined mus. with successful business career. Made name with orch. suite Adventures in a Perambulator (Chicago 1915). Comp. 3 ballets: Birthday of the Infanta (Chicago 1919), Krazy-Kat, using jazz idioms (Chicago 1922), and Skyscrapers (NY 1926). Other works incl. 2 syms.; tone-poem Sea Drift (1933, rev. 1944); vn. conc.; pf. concertino (1915); str. qt.; pf. quintet; and songs. Skyscrapers depicts Amer. city life and its score incl. 3 saxophones, banjo, and 2 red traffic lights operated by kbd. Quotes popular songs and alludes to jazz.

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