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Ames, William (March 20, 1901-1987)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: March 20, 1901 - 1987

Biography

William Thayer Ames was born on the 20th of March, 1901 in Cambridge Massachusetts. Ames earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from Harvard University in 1924. After graduating, he set out for Paris to work with Nadia Boulanger. He returned to the states to New York where he taught at Eastman for ten years before pursuing a Master’s degree from Harvard. Ames began to write music and play piano for dance at Cornell University and then professionally in New York. In 1965, Ames left New York for California and continued composing and performing until his death in 1987. Ames composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, opera, theatre, dance, and film.

Sources: • Baker, Drew. “William Ames Collection” Ruth. T. Watanabe Special Collections, Rochester, NY. 1999.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

American Composers Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0078
Scope and Contents

The American Composers Collection includes material related to over 150 composers, including manuscript music scores, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and other items. Material varies with composer, from a single item to several folders. The collection was amassed from various donations to the University of Missouri-Kansas City before being given to the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections. Provenance is noted when known.

Dates: 1894 - 2006

William Ames (Addendum 4), 1940

 Series
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

The American Composers Collection includes material related to over 150 composers, including manuscript music scores, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and other items. Material varies with composer, from a single item to several folders. The collection was amassed from various donations to the University of Missouri-Kansas City before being given to the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections. Provenance is noted when known.

Dates: 1940

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