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Francesco Valentino


Henry Kimball Hadley was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on December 20, 1871. His father was a music teacher in the Somerville public schools, his mother was a singer and pianist, and his brother, Arthur Hadley, was a talented cellist who played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The young Hadley, received his first music lessons from his father. By the age of seventeen, be composed an operetta, Happy Jack. One-year later on December 9, 1889 an entire concert devoted to his original compositions was given at the Franklin Church in Somerville, when the young and proud composer was presented with a violin made of flowers.

Obviously endowed with musical talent, and encouraged by the praise of friends and critics, Hadley now devoted himself more diligently than ever before to intensive musical study. Violin was studied under Henry Heindl and Charles Allen, harmony under Stephen A. Emery, and counterpoint and composition with George W. Chadwick, whose influence on the young composer was very marked. By his twenty-first birthday, Hadley had composed a string quartet, and a dramatic overture for orchestra.

In 1893, Hadley toured with the Mapleson Operatic Company as a violinist, but left the organization when the rumor reached him that it was on the verge of bankruptcy. The following year found him in Vienna studying with Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929), revered musicologist and editor of authoritative editions of the works of Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Caldera.

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