Marston, George W.



American composer of piano-music; born at Sandwich, Massachusetts. When twelve years old he began the study of music in his native town, and at the age of sixteen was organist in a church. Removing to Portland, Maine, he studied under John W. Tufts, and has been twice to Europe studying at Florence, London and Munich. Especially noteworthy is his music written for Heine's Du bist wie eine blume, and his score to There Was an Aged Monarch. Among other well-known pieces are Ariel's Songs, from The Tempest; Im Wunderschonen Monat Mai; Wen der Frühling auf die Berge Steigt; Douglas, Tender and True; The Boat of My Lover; and On the Water. He has also written a sacred cantata, David; Te Deums and anthems for church use.