American pianist, composer, ethnomusicologist, composer.
His father was a headmaster of a girl's school and his mother, an amateur musician.
Studied piano in Vienna under Theodor Leschetizky, and composition under Karel Navrрtil.
His concert debut was in Berlin, 1907, and he began a European tour.
Moved to London where he met with Joseph Conrad for the possibility of a libretto which did not eventuate, but his Rhapsodie nУgre was inspired by Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Moved back to Virginia, 1914.
Settled in Charlottesville, 1916, and founded the Society for the Preservation of Racial Integrity.
Was an active sponsor of Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924.
Married to the actress, director and playwright Louise Burleigh in 1928.
Retired from performing in concert, 1936.
Virginian declared 'John Powell Day', in 1951.
Was also an amateur astronomer, and had a comet named after him.
Place of birth: Richmond, Virginia
Place of death: Charlottesville, Virginia
1. Greene, D.M. Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1985.
2. Conrad, J., L. Davies, G.M. Moore. The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, Volume 8; Volumes 1923-1924. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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