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(1862-1901) Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin was a pianist and composer from Pennsylvania. Nevin's father, Robert, provided for Ethelbert both vocal and instrumental instruction. He also took him abroad for two years of travel and music study in Dresden under Von Böhme. Ethelbert studied the piano for two years in Boston, under Benjamin Johnson Lang, and composition under Stephen A. Emery. He also studied in Berlin from 1884-86 under Karl Klindoworth. In 1892, he went to Paris, where he taught singing, and he coached many American and French artists for the operatic stage. His early songs in English and German texts 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 the Water Scenes.