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Frederick Shepherd Converse


Frederick Shepherd Converse, American composer. Member American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Converse, Frederick Shepherd was born on January 5, 1871 in Newton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Edmund Winchester and Charlotte Augusta (Shepherd) Converse.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1893. Studied music at Kgl. Akademie der Tonkunst, Munich.

Honorary Doctor of Music, Boston University, 1933.


Instructor harmony, N.E. Conservatory of Music, 1899-1901. Instructor music, 1901-1904, assistant professor, 1904-1907, Harvard. Professor theory and composition, N.E. Conservatory of Music, also dean faculty, 1931-1938.

Vice president Boston Opera Company, 1911-1914. Captain 13th Regiment Massachusetts National Guard, 1918-1919. Member National Committee in Charge Music in Training Camps, 1918-1919.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Operation 1, Sonata in A. Operation 2, Suite for Piano. Operation 9, Festival of Pan.Operation 11, Night and Day. Operation 12, La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Operation 14, Three Love Songs.Operation 17, Two Songs for Soprano Voice. Operation 18, Quartet in A minor. Operation 20, Two Songs for Low Voice.Operation 20, Northern 2, Silent Noon. Operation 22, Laudate Dominum. The Mystic Trumpeter (a fantasy for orchestra).Opera, The Pipe of Desire. Oratorio, Job

    • opera, “The Sacrifice”. Symphonic poem, “Ormazd”.Opera, “The Immigrants”. Cantata, “The Peace Pipe”. Tone poem, “Ave atque Vale”.Symphony, C minor

    • symphony, E major. Photo music drama, “The Scarecrow”. “Fantasie” (for piano and orchestra).Tone poem, “Song of the Sea”. “From the Hills” (piano). Elegy (orchestra)

    • “Fantasy” (for orchestra).“Flivver Ten Million”. Tone poem “California”. Trio for violin, violoncello and pianoforte.“The Pirate” (for male chorus). Concertino for Piano and Orchestra. Symphonic Suite for Orchestra—American Sketches.Two Songs for Soprano Voice, Harp and Flute. Tone Poem for Soprano Voice and Orchestra—Prophecy. String Quartet in E minor.Symphony in F major

    • Symphony Northern VI in F minor. Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra. Theme and Variations for Chamber Orchestra.


Member American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Married Emma Cecil Tudor, June 6, 1894. Children: Louise (Mistress.

Edmund Winchester Converse

Charlotte Augusta (Shepherd) Converse

Emma Cecil Tudor

Louise (Mrs Converse