Katherine K. Davis

Katherine K. Davis was a composer, pianist, and author of the famous Christmas tune "The Little Drummer Boy".

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Katherine K. Davis
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Katherine K. Davis


She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on June 25, 1892, and composed her first piece of music, "Shadow March," at the age of 15. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1910, and studied music at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. After her graduation, she continued at Wellesley as an assistant in the Music Department, teaching music theory and piano. At the same time, she studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Davis also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

She taught music at the Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, and at the Shady Hill School for Girls in Philadelphia. Many of her over 600 compositions were written for the choirs at her school.

Her most famous composition, "The Little Drummer Boy" (originally titled "The Carol of the Drum"), which she wrote in 1941, became famous when it was recorded by the Trapp Family Singers.

She was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and was granted an honorary doctorate from Stetson University, in DeLand, Florida.

She left all of the royalties and proceeds from her compositions, which include operas, choruses, children's operettas, cantatas, piano and organ pieces, and songs, to Wellesley College's Music Department. These funds are used to support musical instrument instruction.

Katherine K. Davis continued writing music until she became ill in the winter of 1979-1980. She died on April 20, 1980, at the age of 88, in Littleton, Massachusetts.

References

  • Boughton, Harrison Charles (1977). "Katherine K. Davis: life and work". Thesis, University of Missouri, reprint by University Microfilms.

See Also

  • id="CITEREFFlanagan">Flanagan, A. L. (1980 August 14), "Katherine K. Davis, 1892-1980", The American Organist: 31.
    • id="CITEREFLivingston1983">Livingston, C. (1983), "The Hymns of Katherine K. Davis", The Hymn 43 (1): 28-33.
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      New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest independent conservatory in the United States. Today, NEC is widely known to be among the world's leading musical institutions, and is the only music school in the United States designated as a
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      Nadia Boulanger (September 16, 1887 – October 22, 1979) was an influential French composer, conductor, and music professor. An outstanding music educator at the highest level, she taught many of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th century.
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