Deems Taylor

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Birthday
22, 1885
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 3, 1966 (80)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
22, 1885
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 3, 1966 (80)

About

Vocal advocate for classical music. He was a music critic and member of the infamous Algonquin Round Table. His original works included "The Chambered Nautilus," a cantata from 1916, and "Through the Looking-Glass," an orchestral piece from 1918.

Before Fame

He was a graduate of New York University. His original plans were to study architecture, but he was drawn to composition.

Trivia

He composed "The King's Henchman" and "Peter Ibbetson" for the Metropolitan Opera during the 1920s.

Family Life

He had three unsuccessful marriages. The first was to Jane Anderson and lasted from 1910 until 1918. The second was to actress and writer Mary Kennedy and lasted from 1921 until 1934. He fathered a daughter by Mary, Joan Kennedy Taylor, in 1926. The third was to costume designer Lucille Watson-Little in 1945 and lasted eight years.

Associated With

He was personal friends with fellow composer George Gershwin.