Rogers, James H. (James Hotchkiss), 1857-1940

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Music editor of the Cleveland News and the Cleveland Plain Dealer (1913-1932) who composed over 130 songs and over 350 works in all.

From the description of Music, 1900-1920. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 18375997

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James Hotchkiss Rogers (1857-1940) was a composer, music critic, organist, and teacher. He was born in Fair Haven, Connecticut, son of Martin L. and Harriett Hotchkiss, and began piano lessons at 12 and organ lessons later, and studied in Europe from 1875-1880. In 1883, Rogers moved to Cleveland, Ohio, becoming organist at Euclid Avenue Temple (Anshe Chesed), playing until his retirement in 1932. He was also organist for Shaker Heights Neighborhood Church and First Unitarian Church. Rogers was music critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1915-1932. It was said Rogers was never harsh; even when Isadora Duncan danced in an outrageous red costume in 1922, Rogers simply wrote, "all things considered, the orchestra did very well." Rogers explained his role was not to discourage but rather to encourage and advise.

Rogers composed over 550 works: over 50 compositions for the organ, 5 cantatas, over 130 songs, and instruction books for both piano and organ. His composing style was late Romantic and tended toward the sentimental. "In Memoriam," a 6-song cycle centering on Walt Whitman's poems, was written for his son, Henry, who was killed in World War I. In 1946, the Cleveland Orchestra dedicated a program to Rogers, and a portrait, painted by Mary Seymour Brooks, was presented to the Western Reserve Historical Society. Rogers taught at the Cleveland School of Music. Upon his retirement, he was honored by 500 musicians and friends at a farewell dinner. He moved to Pasadena, California, where he died. Rogers married Alice Abigail Hall on 20 October 1891 and had 2 children, Stewart and Marian. He was buried in Lake View Cemetery.

From the guide to the James Hotchkiss Rogers Papers, 1900-1920, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

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creatorOf James Hotchkiss Rogers Papers, 1900-1920 Western Reserve Historical Society
creatorOf Putterman, David J., 1900-1979. [Synagogue music collection, Sabbath (A-Ma) : Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, N.Y. : manuscripts, black-line prints, published items, 1933-1976 / collected, copied, or arranged by Cantor David J. Putterman]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Ray, Marsha Farmer. [Central State University Department of Music, Dr. Jack Sisson, chairman, presents Marsha Farmer Ray, soprano, Cindy Wallace, pianist, in recital] [sound recording] : [Thursday, February 3, 1977, 8:00 p.m., Music Building Choir Room]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
referencedIn Small Music and Theater Scrapbooks, 1924-1947 Cleveland Public Library
creatorOf Berryman, Joy. [Central State University Music Department presents Joy Berryman and Kristi Nagode ... in recital] [sound recording] : [8:00 p.m., Monday, March 17, 1980, Music Building-Choir Room / accompanied by Betsy Banks]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf Putterman, David J., 1900-1979. [Synagogue music collection, Sabbath and festivals : Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, N.Y. : tissue mastersheets, 1933-1976 / collected, copied, or arranged by Cantor David J. Putterman]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Rogers, James H. (James Hotchkiss), 1857-1940. At parting [microform] / by Rogers ; arr. by G. Bocca[vecchia]. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Putterman, David J., 1900-1979. [Synagogue music collection, Sabbath (Mi-V) : Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, N.Y. : manuscripts, black-line prints, published items, 1933-1976 / collected, copied, or arranged by Cantor David J. Putterman]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
creatorOf Maier, Annmarie. [Central State University Music Department ... presents Annmarie Maier, contralto, and Ruth Cherry, accompanist in recital] [sound recording] : [April 25, 1977, 8:00 p.m., Choir Room, Music Building]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf Rogers, James H. (James Hotchkiss), 1857-1940. Music, 1900-1920. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Hale, Linda. [Central State University Music Department presents Linda Hale, mezzo soprano, and Lahoma Stark, mezzo soprano] [sound recording] : [Monday, April 5, 1976, 8:00 p.m., Choral Room, Music Building / accompanied by Leslie Orvis and Cindy Wallace]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
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associatedWith Hale, Linda. person
associatedWith Maier, Annmarie. person
associatedWith Putterman, David J., 1900-1979. person
associatedWith Ray, Marsha Farmer. person
associatedWith Sousa Archives for Band Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Sousa Preservation Project. corporateBody
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Music--20th century
Composers--Ohio--Cleveland
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Music--Ohio--Cleveland
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Birth 1857-02-07

Death 1940-11-28

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