Harriet Ware Krumbhaar (1877 – 1962 )

“WARE, Harriet– Composer and Pianist, Born Waupun, Wis.,; ed. New York, Berlin and Paris.  Ranks as on of the leading composers of the U.S.

As a girl appeared as concert pianist, winning great praise for her masterful playing of Bauch.  Later, during her studies abroad, she developed a staging voice and has since made the art of singing a deep study.

Began composing at an early age, her first pub. work being four songs, with words by Sidney Lanier.  In 1900 pub. three songs, with words by Edwin Markham. ‘ Song of the Fay.’ ‘Joy of the Morning’ and ‘The Cross.’  Since then has been a generous contributor to mus., literature, some of her noted compositions being ‘Sunlight’ (waltz); ‘Moonlight’; ‘My Love is a Rider’; ‘The Forgotten Land’;  ‘To Lucasta’; ‘The Call of Radha’; ‘Hindu Slumber Song’; ‘Boat Song’; ‘Wind and Lyre’; cantata for women’s voices; baritone and soprano solo and full orch. entitles ‘Sir Oluf,’ written 1910.  At concert comprising works of women only, given at the biennial session of the Nat. Federation of Women’s Clubs, St. Paul, 1906, five international composers were represented, one which was Miss Ware.

Her country home is Garden Estates, Long Island, N.Y., and permanent address: The Newton, Broadway and 94th., New York.”

Source:  Who’s Who in Music and Drama, Edited by Dixie Hines and Harry Prescott Hanaford, H.P. Hanaford Publisher, New York, 1914, page 316

Harriet <i>Ware</i> Krumbhaar
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Biographical Sketch about Harriet Ware Krumbhaar:

Harriet Ware, Music Teacher, Pianist, and noted Composer, was born in Waupun, Wisconsin on Aug. 26, 1877, daughter of Silas Edward and Emily (Sperry) Ware.

She graduated from the Pillsbury Conservatory of Music in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1895 and studied piano with William Mason, singing with Mme. La Grange, Paris, composition w. Sigismond Stojowski, Paris, and Hugo Kaun, Berlin.

She has appeared as composer-pianist throughout the United States; a Composer of many songs which gained favor with the musical public and the critics; notably the Hindu Slumber Song, Boat Song, Sunlight Waltz Song. The Princess of the Morning, A Day In Arcady (song cycle for two voices); The Oblation; Persian Serenade, and others, including “Sir Oluf,” cantata for soli, women’s chorus and orchestra; 1-act opera, “Undine” (poem by Edwin Markham), f. tenor and soprano soli, women’s chorus and orchestra (prod. Philadelphia, 1915); choral work, “The Cross”; piano pieces and songs (38 published to 1917).

Harriet was first director and vice president, Musical Art Society of Long Island, NY; honorable member Rubinstein Club, New York. Member, MacDowell Club of N.Y. City.

She has given concerts of her own works, one of which (Carnegie Hall, N.Y. City), given Apr. 18. 1913, was said to be one of the greatest ever undertaken by any composer.

In December of the same year,(Dec. 8, 1913) Harriet married Hugh Montgomery Krumbhaar (civil engineer) of New Orleans, Louisiana. Couple appear to be childless; much has been written about the lady, but no children are mentioned.

[SOURCE 1, Google: “International who’s who in music and musical gazetteer” edited by César Saerchinge]

After her Husbands death in 1950 of heart disease, Ware moved to New York City, where she died at home on February 9,1962 of natural causes following several months of ill health after breaking her hip. She was buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Hempstead, New York.

Her last published work and one of her finest, is 1st Corinthians 13, set to music; the work was appropriately entitled, “The Greatest of these”

[SOURCE 2, Google: “Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women” by Joan N Burstyn. Note: Harriet and husband spent Summers in Plainfield, New Jersey.


Source:  FindAGrave

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Record added: Aug 25, 2010
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Harriet Ware Krumbhaar (1877 – 1962 ) — 1 Comment

  1. I have bee trying to gain copies of Mrs. Ware’s music for the “Cross and “The greatest of These”. I have performed both pieces in the past but have not been able to find an accompanist who could play the pieces, plus my copy to “The Cross” has been lost after several time moving over the years. I am trying to recover these losses but have not had much luck recovering the loss of said music. Please advise if you are able to assist me in this.

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