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 John Knowles Paine

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John Knowles Paine

Birth
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Death 25 Apr 1906 (aged 67)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 210508055 View Source

Born into a musical family from Portland, Maine, John Knowles Paine was the first American composer to have a work performed in Europe, Mass in D, and the first American to write a symphony, Azara.

He settled in Boston in 1861 and was appointed the first organist and choirmaster of Harvard College. He later was appointed America's first music professor. He continued to serve as faculty member until his retirement in 1905. Harvard named its concert hall after him.Prof. Paine was the director of the musical department of Harvard University since 1875, and a well known composer and authority of music. He was the son of Jacob S Paine who was born in Standish Maine. He died suddenly of pneumonia with diabetes mellitus a contributing factor, at his home at 23 Hawthorne street. (Sources: obit in Jacksonville FL Times Union and Mass. death record. name is Payne in obit)


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