Charles Wakefield Cadman

Charles Wakefield CadmanCharles Wakefield Cadman was born at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, December 24, 1881.

His parent moved to Pittsburg in 1884, and he received all his musical education in that city, under Walker, Steiner and von Kunits.

He also enjoyed help in his orchestral studies from Emil Pauer.

His earlier compositions were of a more popular type, and he published many songs, teaching pieces, etc., which helped to establish his reputation.

Eventually he became very much interested in the music of the American Indians, and in 1909 he went to live for a time among the Indians of the Omaha reservation, Thurston County, Nebraska.

The results of his studies at first hand have placed him among the foremost of the younger American composers.

His more elaborate compositions include Three Moods for symphony orchestra, The Vision of Sir Lauufal, a cantata for male voices, some chamber music, and some well-known songs, such as Absent, Lilacs, A Little while, and the piano pieces, The Revellers, On the Plaza, etc.

In addition to his work as a composer he has won distinction as a lecturer, music critic, and as organist of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg.

Charles Wakefield Cadman died December 30, 1946, in Los Angeles, California.