The Master-Player (SATB chorus and piano)
op.167, no.4 (1925)
Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Master-Player
(1870-1922) Louis Coerne was a composer, conductor, and college professor of music. After Coerne graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1888, he studied composition, harmony, and counterpoint with John Knowles Paine at Harvard University. Additionally, Coerne studied violin privately with Franz Kneisel. Following these studies, Coerne studied organ and composition with Joseph Rheinberger at the Royal Academy of Music in Munich, Germany, and graduated with highest honors. Coerne held various positions as musical director of vocal societies and churches in Buffalo, New York, and Columbus, Ohio. He held the first American Ph.D. degree in music, composed the first American opera performed in Europe (Zenobia, 1905).
Coerne, Louis Adolphe, "The Master-Player (SATB chorus and piano)" (1925). Dunbar Music Archive. 97.