Paul Laurence Dunbar, Song
(1862-1901) Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin was a pianist and composer from Pennsylvania. Nevin's father, Robert, provided for Nevin both vocal and instrumental instruction. He took him abroad for two years of travel and music study in Dresden, Germany, under Von Böhme. Nevin studied piano for two years in Boston under Benjamin Johnson Lang and composition under Stephen A. Emery. He also studied in Berlin from 1884 to 1886 under Karl Klindoworth. In 1892, he went to Paris, where he taught singing and coached many American and French artists for the operatic stage. His early songs in English and German were influenced by Schubert and Schumann. His later pieces, in a lighter style, include the much-loved “Rosary” (1898) and “Mighty Lak’ a Rose” (1900). His best-known piano piece was "Narcissus" (1891), from Water Scenes.
Nevin, Ethelbert Woodbridge, "An African Love Song (voice and piano)" (1901). Dunbar Music Archive. 89.