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General Information

Name:  Ernst Bacon  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: May 26, 1898 in Chicago

Died: March 16, 1990 in Orinda California

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Illinois Connection

Bacon was born in Chicago. He attended Northwestern University where he pursued a degree in mathematics and after three years of study, he moved to the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ernst Bacon was an American composer, pianist, and conductor. He was a prolific author and composed over 250 songs during his career. He was awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships and the Pulitzer Prize for his First Symphony. In addition to his songs, Bacon has written two important essays on music; ''Words on Music'' and ''Notes on the Piano''.

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Pulitzer Prize for his First Symphony