Pendragon Press. The World of Music and the Music of the World.

By Topic:

Quick Search:

Shopping Cart: 0 item


George Whitefield Chadwick

An American Composer Revealed

Marianne Betz
September 1, 2015

242 pp.

18 illustrations

ISBN: 978-1576472132

Paperback 6X9 $39.95

Out-of-Print. This book is no longer available from Pendragon Press.


George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931), composer, organist, conductor, and director of the New England Conservatory in Boston, was one of America�s most prolific musical authority in the later 19th and early 20th century.

As with many composers of his generation, his music, his biography, and his influential role in cultural life was forgotten in the crosscurrents of modernity. However, Chadwick has recently been rediscovered, and his nearly forgotten music subsequently has provoked new and increasing interest.

Hitherto unknown biographical and musical findings make it now possible to value Chadwick�s importance in a new way. His biography, uniquely documented by personal papers of all kinds, simultaneously depicts the career of a 19th century American composer and the contemporary musical and social networks of his surrounding.

This book was written with the intention of illuminating Chadwick�s musical development, his role models, musical ideals and aesthetics. However, in reviewing the source material, it was impossible not to stumble upon the very personal unburdening of a full-blooded musician, who throughout his life was confronted with many obstacles, but never stopped struggling to be recognized as a composer of good music.


Marianne Betz:

A flutist and musicologist, Betz has been full Professor of Musicology at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig since 1993. She studied with Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht (University of Freiburg) and Ludwig Finscher (University of Heidelberg), and did her PhD. in 1991. Working on American music, with a special focus on the generation of George W. Chadwick, she is active as researcher, editor and author. She was in charge of the entries on American composers of the 19th century for the second edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Besides that she wrote articles for the Handwörterbuch der musikalischen Terminologie and published in Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, Die Musikforschung, Musical Quarterly, Zibaldone, and the Yearbook of the American Music Research Centre, Boulder/Colorado. She is the editor of Chadwicks five string quartets (A-R editions) and of the first publishing of his only opera, The Padrone (MUSA).


December 1, 2015

George Whitefield Chadwick: An American Composer Revealed is a detailed biography of American composer, organist, and conductor George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931)., who served as director of the New England Conservatory in Boston. Chadwick was a prolific musical genius in his day, yet his life and musical works were almost forgotten for decades, until their recent revival sparked growing public interest.

Documented with a wealth of personal papers, this biography reveals Chadwick's career, social networks, role models, musical ideals, and aesthetics. Occasional black-and-white photographs illustrate this thoughtful, heavily researched, and elegantly presented life - story of a dedicated composer.

James A Cox
Midwest Book Review