Frederick Shepherd Converse

Frederick Shepherd Converse Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    5th January 1871
  • Died
    8th June 1940
  • Birthplace
    Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Frederick Shepherd Converse was an American composer of academic music, born in Newton, Massachusetts, His father was a successful merchant, and president of the National Tube Works and the Conanicut Mills. Converse's higher education was at Harvard College, where he came under the influence of the composer John K. Paine. The study of musical theory was a most important part of his college course. Upon his graduation in 1893, his violin sonata (op. 1)won him highest honors in music. Even though he was committed to composing in the late Romantic idiom of his European contemporaries, his works dealt with American subjects. The lush scoring of his program music has been compared to the early style of Richard Strauss. In 1910, his opera The Pipe of Desire became the first American work ever to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Today, Converse is best known for his symphonic poem The Mystic Trumpeter (1904), based on the poem of the same name from Walt Whitman's anthology, Leaves of Grass.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
La belle dame sans merci, Op.12 Ballade Voice(s) and Orchestra
The Peace Pipe Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Job, Op.24 Chorale Voice(s) and Orchestra
The Answer of the Stars Chorale Choir and Orchestra
Silent Noon Duet Solo Instrument and Piano
The Mystic Trumpeter, Op.19 Fantasy Orchestra
Masque of St. Louis Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
The Pipe of Desire, Op.21 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
The Sacrifice, Op.27 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
String Quartet, Op. 18 Quartet String Quartet
Festival of Pan, Op.9 Romance Orchestra
Cello Sonata Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Violin Sonata, Op.1 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Endymion's Narrative, Op.10 Symphonic Pieces Orchestra
Night and Day, Op.11 Symphonic Poem Piano and orchestra
Ormazd, Op.30 Symphonic Poem Orchestra
Valzer poetici, Op.5 Waltz Piano 4 hands