The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
American composer Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin was born at Edgeworth, PA on 25 November 1862 and died in New Haven, CT, on 17 February 1901. He studied in Pittsburgh, Boston, Dresden and Berlin. His song The Rosary (1898) was a hit, selling six million copies in its first thirty years, and his piano piece Narcissus also dominated the American piano market. Other compositions include a pantomime and further songs and piano pieces. Ethelbert's younger brother Arthur Finley Nevin was also a composer, influenced by American-Indian music.