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WHITING, George Elbridge, musician, born in Holliston, Massachusetts, 14 September, 1842. He went to Hartford, Connecticut, at the age of fifteen, and there founded the Beethoven society. In 1862 he settled in Boston, and later in New York, where he studied with George W. Morgan. Afterward he went to Liverpool, and became the pupil of William T. Best, and he subsequently studied also in Berlin under Robert Radeeke and others. After filling various engagements in Albany and Boston, he became, in 1874, organist of the Music hall in the latter city, and he was also for a time head of the organ department in the New England conservatory of music. In 1878 he became organist of the Music hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, and head of the organ department in the College of music, but after five years he returned to his old post in the New England conservatory. His compositions include a mass in C minor (1872); a mass in F minor (1874); " Dream Pictures" (1874) ; "The Tale of the Viking" (1878): "Leonora" (1880), three cantatas; some pieces for orchestra; and several songs. He has also composed music for the organ, and has published "The Organist" (Boston, 1870), and " The First Six Months on the Organ " (Boston, 1871).
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