Apthorp, William Foster


Dramatic and musical critic. Born in Boston. Was graduated from Harvard University in 1869. He studied the piano, harmony and counterpoint from 1863 to 1867, and the piano for seven years longer, his teachers being J. K. Paine and B. J. Lang. Taught the piano and harmony at the National College at Boston, from 1872 to 1873, and from 1873 to 1886 he taught in the New England Conservatory. Was afterward music-critic on the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Sunday Courier, the Boston Evening Transcript and other periodicals, and edited Scribner's Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians. He has also lectured on music, written many articles on musical subjects for leading periodicals and a number of books on music and musicans, including a sketch of Hector Berlioz.