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Edward B. Manning: Biography

Edward B. Manning
1874 - 1948
Region: International

Edward B. Manning

After early studies in law, EDWARD BETTS MANNING (b. December 15 1874) went to New York and studied harmony with Edward MacDowell and violin with Henry Schradieck. He was the second violinist of the Mozart String Quartette of Saint John in the 1890s. He married pianist Elizabeth Matthew of Saint John in 1904, and soon thereafter taught at the Oberlin Conservatory for a few years. After a period of study with Humperdinck in Berlin, he taught at Columbia University where he was co-director of the University Orchestra from 1914 to 1916. He was also a music supervisor for the New York City Public Schools. Manning's Piano Trio Opus 11 is a major work with three substantial movements and a good deal of interesting material for all three instruments. The work was played in private by the Manning family, but it is not known when, if ever, it was first performed in public. In addition to the Piano Trio he wrote many songs, and opera titled Rip Van Winkle (arranged for small orchestra by Clifford Ford in 1990) and an operetta titled Blackbeard.

Edward Manning might be considered a fringe member of that group of American composers born in the last quarter of the 19th century known collectively as the Second New England School, sometimes referred to as the "Boston academics" of "Boston classicists." His music emulated those 19th century classicists who looked to Brahms as their model of musical style.