Powell, John

Powell, John, 1882–1963, American pianist and composer, b. Richmond, Va., grad. Univ. of Virginian, 1901. In Vienna he studied piano and composition and in 1908 made his debut as a pianist in Berlin. His compositions employ much material from folk song. His outstanding works are Rhapsodie nègre (1919) the Virginia country dances Natchez on the Hill (1932) a folk carol, The Babe of Bethlehem (1934) his Symphony in A (1937) a symphony on Virginian folk themes (1945) and concertos, songs, and chamber music.

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