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George Whitefield Chadwick
The Life and Music of the Pride of New England
Bill F. Faucett

Available only as an ebook.

2012 • 432 pp. 12 illus. 15 tables. 6 x 9 1/4"
Biography - Musicians & Composers / Composer/Musician / New England History

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-774-6

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“The book is well researched and worthy of its subject. Especially exemplary is the brief prologue, which offers an overview of all American music of that time. . . . Recommended”—Choice

The definitive biography of a major American composer and musical leader

In many ways, this is the story of the birth of the American style in classical music. George Whitefield Chadwick (1854–1931) was one of the most significant and influential American composers at the turn of the twentieth century and a leading light of the Boston cultural scene. Bill F. Faucett offers a detailed exploration of Chadwick’s life and art utilizing archival material only recently made available. These crucial primary sources, including letters, diaries, and memoirs, enable a deeper and more nuanced understanding of Chadwick’s music and aesthetic perspective, and provide a clearer lens through which to view his life, career, and times. The book traces Chadwick’s story from his earliest musical education to his surging career in Boston’s nascent musical culture of the 1880s, to his fruitful middle years, and finally to his later life and towering legacy. In addition to bringing newfound appreciation of Chadwick’s life, Faucett’s book offers penetrating examinations of his major compositions and a vivid re-creation of Boston’s rich and influential musical and cultural scene.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Bill F. Faucett’s thorough and sympathetic biography of George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) is a much-needed and welcome addition to the steadily growing body of contemporary scholarship on American composers who flourished during he late nineteenth century and into the twentieth.” —Journal of Musicological Research

“Faucett follows Chadwick chronologically with separate sections devoted to discussions of his music. This division is friendly to the reader, who may not know particular works and thus has little incentive to read an analysis of an unheard piece. The good news is that this book will be appreciated by a wide circle of readers. Anyone interested in the American music scene from 1880 to 1930, particularly in New England, will find much to savor in this book.”—American Record Guide

“Faucett, former music critic of the Palm Beach Post and noted Chadwick scholar, offers the most comprehensive account of the composer to date, expanding on his earlier bibliography by presenting a narrative of the Yankee composer’s life and works in a manner both compelling and captivating.”—Notes

“Bill Faucett brings to his engagingly readable biography of Chadwick both thorough research and the keen insight cultivated over years of involvement with the composer and his music. Basing his work on a rich accumulation of documentary resources, he offers a detailed, three-dimensional picture of the man, framed within the larger history of his time. Dr. Faucett weaves his perceptive analyses of Chadwick’s music inseparably into the composer’s life story.”—Douglass Seaton, The Florida State University

“Drawing on recently uncovered source materials and an impressive knowledge of contemporary context, Bill Faucett&supl;s biography of George Whitefield Chadwick provides the most comprehensive study to date of the
life of this important American composer.”—E. Douglas Bomberger, Elizabethtown College

BILL F. FAUCETT is a widely respected Chadwick scholar and the former classical music critic and columnist at the Palm Beach Post and American Record Guide. He is currently an arts administrator at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

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