Coerne, Louis Adolphe


A noted American composer, organist and conductor, who was born in Newark, N. J., and studied from his sixth until his tenth year at Stuttgart and Paris. Returning to America, he devoted himself to the study of music under American teachers, and after entering Harvard was a pupil in harmony and composition of John Knowles Paine. He studied the violin under Kneisel, in 1890, and shortly after went to Munich, where he devoted his time to the organ and composition at the Royal Academy under Rheinberger, and the violin under Hieber. He acted as organist at Boston, in 1893, and a year later went to Buffalo, where he directed the Liedertafel. While at college he composed and produced a concerto for the violin and cello, with string orchestra accompaniment; a fantasy for full orchestra and a number of anthems, which were performed in the Unversity chapel. While in Germany he wrote and produced a string suite; a ballet, Evadne; and choral works and concertos, His symphonic poem on Longfellow's Hiawatha was also produced there with great success under his direction and was later given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was invited by the late Theodore Thomas to give recitals at Festival Hall, at the World's Fair, Chicago. Among other works from his pen beside these mentioned are organ pieces, waltzes and dance music.