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John Knowles Paine

John Knowles Paine

Composer: John Knowles Paine

Dates: 9 January 1839 – 25 April 1906

Nationality: American

Title of Piece: Hymn to the West


Brief Biography: The first American composer to achieve fme for large-scale orchestral music Paine was a senior member of the Boston Six. His pioneering courses in musical appreciation and musical history at Harvard were a model for American music departments. Paine made one of the first wax cylinder recordings in 1889.