Paul Laurence Dunbar, A Plea
(1876-1951) John Alden Carpenter graduated from Harvard University in 1897, having studied composition with John Knowles Paine. He had a brief period of study with Edward Elgar in Rome in 1906 and lessons in theory with Bernhard Ziehm from 1908 to 1912. Even though he seemed to be a conservative composer influenced by early 20th-century French music, Carpenter incorporated jazz rhythms into his Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (1917) and into his ballets Krazy Kat: A Jazz Pantomime (1922) and Skyscrapers (1926), his best-known work. Carpenter was the recipient of five honorary doctorates. In 1947, he won the gold medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
Carpenter, John Alden, "Treat Me Nice" (1828). Dunbar Music Archive. 48.