Frank P. Atherton

Frank P. AthertonFrank P. Atherton was born at Virden, Illinois, January 4, 1868.

His father was a teacher who, in the office of president, did much to build up the State College of Pennsylvania.

He entered the institution with the class of 1889.

He had always evinced talent, and had excellent instruction, which enabled him to hold positions as organist and the director of the State College Orchestra.

He taught piano and violin, and directed orchestras in many parts of the Eastern States.

In 1897 Atherton enlisted in the regular army, and served gallantly in the Spanish-American War.

The exposure of army life did much to undermine his somewhat delicate constitution, and led to his untimely death, June 30, 1911.

His best known compositions are:

  • Crown of Triumph Military March
  • Mazourka di Ballet
  • Morris Dance
  • Sun Shower
  • Valse Caprice
  • New Virginia Dance (four hands)

Atherton’s pieces for violin and piano are among the most successful of their type. Among them are:

  • Andalouse Berceuse
  • Cradle Song
  • Love Song
  • Petite Tarantelle
  • Spring Song
  • Valse Idylle