The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Apthorp, William Foster

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APTHORP, William Foster, American dramatic and musical critic: b. Boston, Mass., 24 Oct. 1848: d. 1913. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1869 and pursued his musical studies under J. K. Paine and B. J. Lang. He taught in the New England Conservatory and College of Music to 1884, was musical critic for the Atlantic Monthly 1872-76; the Boston Sunday Courier 1876-78; and the Evening Traveler 1878-80. He was musical and dramatic critic for the Boston Evening Transcript for 20 years and was the critical editor of Scribner's ‘Cyclopædia of Music and Musicians.’ He wrote ‘Hector Berlioz’ (1879); ‘By the Way’; ‘Musicians and Music Lovers’; ‘The Opera, Past and Present.’