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Emerson Whithorne, American composer. Awarded publication prize by Julliard Foundation for Second Symphony, 1939.


Whithorne, Emerson was born on September 6, 1884 in Cleveland. Son of Charles and Emma (Pillars) Whithorne.


Studied piano with James H. Rogers, Cleveland, and piano with Theodore Leschetizky, and composition with Robert Fuchs, Vienna.


Teacher, composer, musical criticism, London, 1907-1915. Executive editor Art Publication Society, St. Louis, 5 years. Then vice president Composers Music Corporation.

Music composition, since 1922. Compositions: Greek Impressions (string quartet). New York Days and Nights (orchestra.

Representative United States at Salzburg Festival, 1923). Poem (piano and orchestra. Chicago Symphony, 1927).

Fata Morgana (New York Philharmonic, 1928). Moon Trail (Boston Symphony, 1933). Dream Pedlar (Los Angeles Orchestra, 1931).

Fandango (Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor, 1932). Sierra Morena (National Broadcasting Company Symphony, 1939). 2 Symphonies; (chamber music) Piano Quintet.

String Quartet; (voice and chamber orchestra. Saturday’s Child; Grim Troubadour (voice and string quartet). (ballet) Sonner or Later.

Violin Sonata; Stroller’s Serenade for String Orchestra, 1943. Wrote incidental music for Marco Millions, 1925.


Married Jane Reynolds, June 1932.

Charles Whithorne

Emma (Pillars) Whithorne

Jane Reynolds