Bird of My Lady's Bower (high voice and piano)
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Two Songs
(1877-1949) David Stanley Smith was a composer originally from Toledo, Ohio. As a boy in Toledo, he studied harmony, counterpoint, and organ, and at the age of 15, was appointed organist of Trinity Episcopal Church. Smith started his studies with Horatio Parker in 1895 at Yale University where he became friends with Charles Ives. He also studied in Europe under Ludwig Thuille and Vincent d’Indy. From 1903 until his retirement in 1946, he taught music theory at Yale and succeeded Parker as the Dean of the School of Music, as well as the conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Smith was able to compose a substantial amount of music, including one opera, Merrymount, five symphonies, ten string quartets, many sacred works, and a variety of other compositions. Northwestern University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Music in 1918, as did the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1927.
Smith, David Stanley, "Bird of My Lady's Bower (high voice and piano)" (1902). Dunbar Music Archive. 112.